The European Union Directive

The Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, asks U.S. companies to reformulate their products or to make currently reformulated products sold in the European Union available in every market they serve -- domestically and globally.

This comes as a result of the recently updated European Union Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC), in which the European Union banned the use of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects. This amended Directive bans carcinogens, reproductive toxins and mutagens from cosmetics, and requires companies to remove these chemicals from cosmetic products sold in the EU by September 2004. Many U.S. companies sell their cosmetic products in the EU, and, as such, have been required to reformulate based on the EU's stringent guidelines. Given that these products have been reformulated for one market, the BCF believes that those products should also be made available here and around the world.

Avalon Organics meets and surpasses the guidelines issued in this EU directive and we are proud to support the BCF in promoting this issue.