Industry Challenges UK Microbead Ban While Awaiting Larger EU Plastics Strategy
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Draft legislation in the UK would ban plastic microbead in all rinse-off cosmetics, not just those for exfoliating and/or cleansing purposes, and prohibit the manufacture of such products even if they're intended for export to countries without microbead restrictions. Industry has lodged an objection to the proposal with the European Commission, which is developing its own plastics strategy, slated for release in December.
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The Personal Care Products Council is working to counter misleading NGO campaigns targeting plastic ingredients in cosmetics, an issue that has European regulators exploring bans that could exceed US microbeads law. Beat the Microbead's messaging is of particular concern, the trade group says.
As part of its newly released plastics strategy, the European Commission has asked ECHA to prepare a proposal for restricting use of intentionally added microplastic particles in products including cosmetics. Industry groups will be weighing in on the initiative, which comes as a response to environmental concerns and increasing regulatory action at the EU member state level.
FDA likely will need to issue guidance to clarify exactly what materials are covered by the ban on plastic microbead use in selected personal-care products – i.e., a definition of “plastic” – and what the consequences of a violation could be. The issue could be of particular relevance to companies exploring gray-area replacement materials such as biodegradable PHA.