CIR Working To Highlight Expert Panel’s Independence Amid Mounting Pressures
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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NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth supports the 0.8% limit on total parabens content adopted by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel at its 16-17 September meeting. WVE remains concerned, however, about certain assumptions made by the panel in the lengthy re-review process that led to its final amended report.
The bill, which would deal a serious blow to industry’s preservatives palette and prohibit any trace of lead in cosmetics, failed to advance out of committee April 9, roughly one week after the Personal Care Products Council and other industry reps descended on Sacramento to lobby against the measure.