Cosmetics Sector Needs Positive, Not Punitive, 21st Century Regulation – IBA
Independent Beauty Association president Ken Marenus discusses the trade group’s vision for modern, proportionate cosmetics regulation and forces at work that could undermine progress and endanger small businesses.
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