Scientists believe ‘systematic review’ will ease concerns around cosmetics chemical safety
By Michelle Yeomans+, 24-Jun-2016
According to researchers at the University of Lancaster, lessons from the field of medicine could help provide clearer answers to concerns around chemical safety, particularly in the case of the cosmetics industry.
Can cosmetics cause cancer? Which pesticides are safe? The aim of scientific research is to answer questions like these, but what happens when two or more studies produce conflicting results?
Since the 1990s, medical science has relied on ‘systematic review’ as a means of weighing up the available evidence and coming up with a reliable answer. It saves time, resources and avoids unnecessary research.
Approach will be fundamental in resolving chemical controversies like triclosan