PCPC Exploring Alternate Approach For Meeting California Air Quality Goals
By shifting to less reactive VOCs, the personal-care industry could reduce its contribution to ground-level ozone without sacrificing product efficacy, which stakeholders say is a virtual certainty under mass VOC reductions proposed in November by the California Air Resources Board.
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Canada has agreed to end its practice of quarantining and retesting certain cosmetic-OTC drug products from the US, as part of a cosmetics-specific annex to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “There will be a very significant and immediate benefit to US exporters of OTC products to Canada,” a Personal Care Products Council exec said.