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CIR Working To Highlight Expert Panel’s Independence Amid Mounting Pressures

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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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