EU’s SCCS Finds Endocrine-Disrupting Evidence Inconclusive In UV Filter Reassessments
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.
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