Industry, NGOs Still Divided On Alternative Testing With EU Ingredient Innovation Stalled
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Animal groups continue to call for a global ban on cosmetic animal testing while Cosmetics Europe advises outside jurisdictions to be prudent about prohibitions, noting that ingredient innovation has grinded to a halt in the EU in recent years. There does seem to be growing agreement between the camps that alternative methods are making important progress and show great promise compared with traditional standards.
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