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Parliament and Commission disagree on animal testing ban on cosmetics timetable

The European Parliament's environment committee has demanded that the European Commission withdraw its plan to postpone the introduction of a ban on the marketing of cosmetics ingredients tested on animals after 1 July 2002. The Commission had announced that the ban needed to ...

The European Parliament's environment committee has demanded that the European Commission withdraw its plan to postpone the introduction of a ban on the marketing of cosmetics ingredients tested on animals after 1 July 2002. The Commission had announced that the ban needed to be postponed due to a lack of sufficient alternative methods. The Parliament's rapporteur, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt argued that the Commission did not have any power to impose a postponement of the ban. The ban had already entered into force in the Member States, she said, and therefore there were already obligations on the Member States to enforce it. It was also mentioned that the Commission's decision may endanger the conciliation procedure on the issue of a ban on cosmetics ingredients tested on animals, which is due to begin on 3 October.

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