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EU animal testing

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Seventh Amendment to Cosmetics Directive including animal testing ban is under review by Council of Ministers technical working group, but may not be mature enough to reach full Council by June meeting, in which case it will be reviewed in September, EU says. Parliament-approved draft including marketing ban on cosmetics tested on animals in addition to testing ban has led to dissent among working group, EU says. If amendment review is delayed, deliberation will continue under Belgian Presidency rather than Swedish Presidency, which has been championing ban. Even if marketing ban does not pass Council, Parliament could reinstate it upon second reading. Parliament passed Seventh Amendment in April after environmental committee recommended marketing ban in March (1"The Rose Sheet" April 9, p. 12 and 2March 26, pp. 3-5)

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