European Commission Examining Prostaglandins In Cosmetics: Are They Safe? Are They Drugs?
Marketers of cosmetic products that rely on prostaglandins or their analogues to grow eyelashes – or compete against companies that use the ingredients – have until 22 October to submit information to the Commission, which will help inform an assessment by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.
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