Scientists call for tougher cosmetics controls

EU committee challenges legislation with call for blanket ban on most dangerous chemicals

An EU scientific committee has stunned policy makers and the cosmetics industry by calling for a blanket ban on all confirmed and likely carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances in cosmetic products without any prior assessment of their exposure-related risks.

The call is a fundamental challenge to the EU's cosmetics directive, which regulates based on risk assessment; it also contributes to a wider debate under a Commission white paper on the regulation of chemicals in products.

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