EU Ushers In New Cosmetics Regs; Experts Offer Perspective
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The EU’s new cosmetics regulation focuses on ensuring product safety and brings blanket regulatory uniformity to member states. It also could give rise to conflicts of interest within the supply chain and other challenges, experts say.
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