California Eyeing ‘Monumental’ Change To How Cosmetic Products Are Classified For VOC Controls
Currently, representations on product labels dictate the levels of VOC content they are permitted to contain under the California Air Resources Board’s consumer products regulations. In its drive to tighten VOC limits, the agency is considering a change that would make online statements additional controlling factors for VOC categorization, one of several moves the personal-care industry aims to discourage.
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Personal Care Products Council exec Tom Myers says it’s crucial that industry be involved now, ahead of proposed rulemaking expected from California’s “clean air agency” in 2020, to inform the Air Resources Board about reformulation challenges and opportunities to reduce levels of volatile organic compounds in line with state goals.