EU: Clarification of relationship between Cosmetics Regulation and REACH
Since March 2013 there has been a ban in Europe on testing cosmetic ingredients in animals. However, some cosmetic ingredients are also used for other purposes and must therefore be registered as chemicals under REACH, the European Regulation on chemicals. Registration under REACH can require animal testing to fulfil the information requirements.
The relationship between the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009) and the REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006) information requirements was clarified by ECHA in a Fact Sheet http://bit.ly/1wvt7Lf announced in the October 27, 2014 ECHA News alert, stating the following:
– Registrants of substances that are exclusively used in cosmetics may not perform animal testing to meet the information requirements of the REACH human health endpoints, with the exception of tests that are done to assess the risks to workers exposed to the substance. Workers in this context, refers to those involved in the production or handling of chemicals on an industrial site, not professional users using cosmetic products as part of their business (e.g., hairdressers).
– Registrants of substances that are used for a number of purposes, and not solely in cosmetics, are permitted to perform animal testing, as a last resort, for all human health endpoints.
– Registrants are permitted to perform animal testing, as a last resort, for all environmental endpoints.
Therefore, the testing and marketing bans in the Cosmetics Regulation do not apply to testing required for environmental endpoints, exposure of workers and non-cosmetic uses of substances under REACH.
Registrants of substances registered exclusively for cosmetic use will still have to provide the required information under REACH wherever possible, by using alternatives to animal testing (such as computer modelling, read-across, weight of evidence, etc.).
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