Parliament backs EU bans on CMR chemicals

MEPs vote to prohibit carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic, substances in cosmetics, products

The use of carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances (CMRs) should be banned in cosmetic products, the European Parliament agreed yesterday during a vote on a revision of the EU cosmetics directive. The assembly's decision follows a call by a top EU scientific panel last year for CMRs to be excluded from cosmetics (EED 08/10/01).

The move puts MEPs at odds with EU governments, who instead want the European Commission to investigate whether there is a need to end the exemption enjoyed by cosmetics manufacturers from EU rules forbidding CMRs in skin-contact preparations.

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