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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