THE EUROPEAN Commission has announced that it will review the European Cosmetics Directive, with a view to making it simpler to understand and operate. Officials are to identify provisions that are "burdensome and costly for users," which can be scrapped without compromising the overall objectives of the law.

Brussels has chosen the directive for special attention under its SLIM initiative, (Simplification of Legislation in the Internal Market), because it is complex and has been amended many times. The review would codify the ...

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