CIR Panel Not Changing Its Mind About Parabens Safety, Renewing NGO Accusations Of Bias
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Halfway through the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel’s September 24-25 meeting, Women’s Voices for the Earth was already blogging that the panel seemed set on declaring parabens safe (which it went on to do on a tentative basis) despite what the NGO sees as increasing evidence to the contrary. Panelist statements from previous meetings suggest a pro-industry agenda, WVE suggests.
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The Cosmetic Ingredient Review says it expects to finalize a package of “advancements” in early 2020 to highlight the independence of its Expert Panel. Driven by the Personal Care Products Council-led CIR Steering Committee, the initiative comes at a time of escalating NGO criticism and legislative proposals that would undermine the CIR program and put its future in question.
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