ECHA's ‘Devastating Blow’ To Animal Testing Ban Slammed By Cosmetic Industry, Stakeholders
In an open letter to the European Commission, Parliament and Council presidents, more than 400 cosmetics companies and animal-rights groups accuse the European Chemicals Agency of effectively “shredding” the animal testing ban on cosmetics by requiring testing for certain chemicals under REACH.
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