EU’s Cosmetic Microplastic Restriction Expected To Be ‘Very Wide-Ranging’ At Best
Cosmetics Europe’s Director-General John Chave discusses next steps in the European Union’s proposed drive to ban manufactured microplastic in all cosmetic products. Industry continues to fight for something more proportionate, but it’s up against powerful forces in today’s European theater.
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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.