CIR Recalculates Parabens Safety Margins; Will Expert Panel’s Confidence Be Shaken?
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s newly figured margins of safety for single- and multi-paraben use in cosmetic products are dramatically lower than previous MOSs that informed the Expert Panel’s 2008 “safe as used” conclusions. Whether the panel still deems the MOSs sufficiently protective is the question going into the group’s Sept. 24-25 meeting.
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