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The purpose of this document was to give guidance to national and international authorities within the European Communities and to the person(s) responsible for putting cosmetics on the markets (manufacturers or importers within the European Community). Thus, after a general definition of cosmetics, and categories of cosmetics, attention is focused on the testing of ingredients and products, with reference to physical and chemical specifications, and toxicity studies. It is pointed out that observation in man are desirable, and that ingredients should not be able to be classified as pharmaceutical preparations. Special attention is paid to the testing of irritancy, whether to skin, eye, or specific membranes. Other aspects under discussion are sensitization studies, phototoxicity and photosensitization, absorption, kinetics and metabolism, mutagenicity, oral studies, dermal toxicity studies, inhalation studies, teratology and reproduction, special studies to be carried out in the future, and testing procedures.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8794 DA, DE, EN, FR, IT, NL (1983), 15P., BFR 150, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1907
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