Microplastic, Macro-Headache: European Cosmetics Industry Dismayed By Early Signs In Restriction Process
Initial committee debate as to whether ECHA’s proposed microplastic restriction meets regulatory threshold requirements for substances posing “unacceptable risk” was shorter-lived than industry advocates anticipated, following the contentious proposal’s issuance at the end of January. Cosmetics Europe head John Chave provides an update on the process and discusses next steps.
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