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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