This makes my head spin… Comforting to know the EU is just as messed up as the rest of the world…
clipped from www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com

REACH legislation spells catch 22 over animal testing

By Simon Pitman, 20-Jan-2009

The introduction of the REACH legislation has created a dilemma for cosmetic ingredients manufacturers over the issue of animal testing.

On the one hand the Cosmetics Directive now clearly outlaws any unnecessary testing of cosmetics ingredients on animals. At the same time, the new REACH legislation is demanding an even more rigorous assessment of a chemical’s safety.

“With REACH there is now a requirement to perform a comprehensive assessment of the risks to human health and environmental safety,” said Iain Moore, product and quality assurance manager at UK-based cosmetic ingredient manufacturer Croda.
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