Parabens “Safe As Used” In Cosmetics, CIR Concludes
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel issued a final amended report for parabens after reviewing a male reproductive study on the ingredient and research on breast cancer cells (see chart: "1Cosmetic Ingredient Review Report Status"). The panel reached its decision during its June 12-13 meeting in Washington, D.C
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The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel will take another look at paraben safety during its June meeting, considering new studies and adding ingredients to its assessment on the preservative group. NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth suggests that the panel may still be missing several relevant studies.
With parabens’ use in infant products coming under scrutiny abroad, the CIR Expert Panel intends to learn more about how infant skin reacts to personal-care products. However, the panel maintains its 2006 “safe as used” assessment for parabens.