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EU chemical white paper moves forward

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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European Parliament approves Commission White Paper on Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy Nov. 15, paving the way for future legislation proposal to be developed in 2002, Parliament announces. Draft text should be finalized in late December, according to Rapporteur Inger Schörling's office. Paper, which calls for "better public information on all chemicals," would require comprehensive minimum data requirements for as many as 100,000 chemicals, including some used in cosmetics. Proposed safety assessments could necessitate animal testing, an allowance the European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association criticized as inconsistent and discriminatory in an Oct. 15 statement (1"The Rose Sheet" Nov. 12, In Brief)...

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