About: cosmetics

Health 04-11-2020

Animal testing inefficiency is a fact and must be asserted, says MEP

Policymakers have the responsibility to shift the debate about alternatives to animal testing from the current contraposition between safety risks for humans and animal ethics, an MEP told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 15-11-2019

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said.
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Health 05-12-2018

It’s time to make the case for preservatives!

Preservatives are important ingredients that are added to cosmetic products to keep them safe and effective.
Agrifood 26-11-2018

EU ‘fully committed’ to ending animal testing, insists Commissioner

The EU remains “fully committed” to phasing out testing on animals, Internal Market and Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska told delegates at the annual conference of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to animal testing on 20 November.
Health 04-05-2018

EU Parliament calls for global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

The European Parliament on Thursday (3 May) called on the European Union to launch a high-level diplomatic campaign to impose a worldwide ban on animal testing in the cosmetics industry.

Putting an end to cosmetics testing on animals, definitively

The EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics was a huge step forward but a global ban is the only guarantee that no animal will have to suffer or die for the sake of a shampoo or lipstick ever again, writes Kerry Postlewhite.
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Health 13-07-2017

Why cosmetics are more than cosmetic

Cosmetic products are not only skin deep. They bring real benefits to people’s lives and contribute massively to Europe's economy. It is time to recognise their broader contribution, argues John Chave.
Health 06-02-2017

Young Albanians scarred by rogue cosmetic treatments

Albanian hair and beauty salons lacking expertise and medical supervision are offering risky cosmetic treatments, unregulated in a legal vacuum, much to the alarm of qualified doctors.
Health 11-01-2017

Tattoos could pose health risk says new Commission report

Ink used in tattoo parlours can contain low-purity pigments that are not meant to be applied to the skin and may pose a health risk, according to a European Commission report. EURACTIV Spain reports.
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Socio-economic contribution of the European cosmetics industry

Socio-economic contribution of the European cosmetics industry

The vast majority of Europe’s 500 million consumers use cosmetic and personal care products contributing to well being and healthy lifestyles, and positive self-esteem every day. Ranging from antiperspirants, fragrances, makeup and shampoos, to soaps, sunscreens and toothpastes, cosmetics play an essential role in all stages of our life.
Agrifood 29-02-2016

German advisory council highlights TTIP risks

TTIP's detractors continue to fear the impact it could have on environmental and consumer protection and now the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) has criticised certain aspects after carrying out careful analysis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 21-01-2016

Consumer rights group launches petition to exclude cosmetics from TTIP

The Danish consumer rights organisation Forbrugerrådet Tænk wants to keep cosmetics regulation out of the Transatlantic free trade negotiations, saying it is worried that the EU will "sell out" its strict standards.
Health 08-12-2015

Cosmetics boss: EU still a world leader after animal-testing ban

A ban on animal-tested ingredients in 2013 in the EU has not affected the cosmetics industry negatively. The EU is still a world leader in cosmetics and safety levels have not been lowered with alternative methods, says John Chave. 
Health 04-12-2015

Cosmetics industry enters new research era after animal-testing ban

Since the EU banned animal-tested ingredients in 2013 the cosmetics industry has sought new ways to assess chemical safety, for example via a public-private partnership with the European Commission.
Health 12-07-2013

New EU rules to combat misleading information on cosmetics

New EU rules that took effect on Thursday (11 July) are intended to strengthen safety standards on cosmetics and provide better information for consumers.
Health 05-06-2013

EU scientific committee clears parabens in cosmetics as ‘harmless’

Parabens, chemical substances widely used in sunscreens and thought to disrupt the human endocrine system, are not posing any health risk in the amounts currently used, according to the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2013

Europe slaps full ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits can sleep safe and sound in Europe as of today (11 March) after the last deadline specified in the Cosmetics Regulation entered into force across the European Union, forbidding the industry from using animal testing.
Health 06-02-2013

Consumers worried about chemicals in food: Eurobarometer

Many EU consumers believe that their food, cleaning and beauty products contain chemicals, and are most likely to check food products for chemicals before buying, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.

Germany opposed ‘nano’ label for cosmetics

Efforts by EU governments to force cosmetics manufacturers to inform consumers when products contain nanomaterials were resisted by Germany, it has emerged. 

MEPs back new rules on nanomaterials in cosmetics

The European Parliament yesterday (24 March) updated legislation on cosmetics to take account of advances in nanotechnology. Reactions to the news have been mixed, with consumer groups urging earlier implementation of the proposal and Green MEPs unhappy with the definition of nanomaterials.
Health 29-08-2006

Commission face-off with cosmetics companies

Under new guidelines, firms must reveal reports of adverse reactions to their products.
Health 24-07-2006

EU bans 22 hair dye substances on health concerns

The European Commission has ordered a ban on 22 chemical substances used in hair dying after the cosmetics industry failed to submit data proving that they do not pose a health risk for consumers.
Health 13-05-2003

Commission presents new testing methods to save animals, maintain drug safety

Thanks to new methods of drug testing revealed by the Commission on 12 May, fever-causing agents (pyrogens) from now on will be detected using human blood cells as biosensors, instead of rabbits.
Health 16-01-2003

Parliament gives final approval to cosmetics legislation

The Parliament finalised on 15 January the decade-long discussion over animal testing of cosmetics giving industry a 2009 deadline to find alternative testing methods.