‘Where Is The Trust Of The Consumer?’ SCCS Vice-Chair On Animal Testing Paradoxes Under EU Law
“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.
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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.