Cruelty Free Europe Grieves: ‘Very Little Left Now’ Of Cosmetic Animal-Testing Bans
The European Chemicals Agency's Board of Appeal finds that REACH requires ingredient registrants to perform animal studies, even if their substances are used exclusively in cosmetic products. Historically opposed industry and animal welfare groups both may lose under the board’s decisions.
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The EU Court of Justice will consider whether the EU General Court erred in affirming ECHA decisions that require Symrise to conduct new animal testing to assess the reproductive and other health effects of UV filters homosalate and octisalate. In recent failed bids for interim relief, Symrise argued that the animal testing is likely to cause “irreparable damage” to its interests.
“It is strange,” observed Vera Rogiers, vice chair of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, referring to the problematic intersection of EU chemicals and cosmetics regulations as they pertain to animal testing of cosmetic ingredients.
While endocrine-disrupting evidence was inconclusive, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety recommends more conservative limits on use of homosalate, octocrylene and benzophenone-3 in cosmetic products compared with current requirements under the European Cosmetics Product Regulation.