EU REACH Analysis Corroborates Animal Welfare View: Testing Continues For Cosmetics-Only Ingredients
A multi-stakeholder analysis of REACH data revealed that while animal testing of cosmetic ingredients dropped dramatically after March 2013 when the Cosmetic Products Regulation’s marketing ban on animal-tested ingredients was fully implemented, the practice did not cease altogether.
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