Conciliation bans CMR substances in cosmetics

Wrangling continues over phthalates after carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals outlawed

Three Swedish and UK NGOs have joined forces to highlight the continuing use of two phthalates banned in cosmetics under an EU conciliation deal struck last week. The ban, achieved by amending the 1976 cosmetics directive to outlaw the use of certain carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in cosmetics, was pursued by the European parliament (EED 13/06/02).

News of the agreement was dwarfed by the main issue of the conciliation - the phasing-out of testing of cosmetics on animals. A final conciliation text has yet to be published.

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