Microplastic In EU: Cosmetics Europe Chief On Best And Worst-Case Restriction Scenarios
Leave-on cosmetics and their manufacturers are virtually certain to take significant hits under the European Chemicals Agency’s developing microplastic restriction. As ECHA committees prepare to publish opinions on the matter, the big question for cosmetic stakeholders is just how costly and disruptive the measure will be.
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“How well do we understand the complex sector that supports every facet of our life?” asks Cosmetics Europe’s website for the “Essentials for Daily Life” film series co-developed with the trade association’s members in partnership with BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions.
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.
Cosmetics Europe’s Director-General John Chave discusses “a whole clutch of errors and misunderstandings” underlying ECHA’s proposal to prohibit use of intentionally added microplastics in cosmetics. According to the exec, the agency overestimates the prevalence and promise of natural/organic formulation while underestimating compliance costs by as much as 50%.