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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The European Chemicals Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee has adopted its opinion backing the agency’s proposal to ban use of intentionally added microplastics in cosmetics and other products. The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis similarly supports the measure with a draft opinion issuing soon for consultation, according to the ECHA’s 10 June update.
In a pause from the trade group’s 2020 annual meeting in Palm Beach, FL, PCPC senior executives spoke with HBW Insight about legislative priorities and challenges at the federal and state levels, emerging microplastic regulations and whether industry and consumers have a “trust problem.”
Biodegradable plastic alternatives for use in cosmetic products were left unaddressed, and thus arguably unusable, under the US Microbead-Free Waters Act enacted in late 2015. European industry stakeholders now face the prospect of a far more extensive microplastic ban, and the viability of bioplastics to replace conventional, petroleum-based microplastics is an area in need of work.