ECHA Committee Stops Short Of Advising Derogation Or Deadline Extension For Cosmetic Microplastic Ban
Uncertainties related to leave-on cosmetics’ microplastic releases to the environment, and the costs industry would face in removing microplastic from such products, “do not allow for SEAC to conclude whether other options would be more appropriate than a ban,” the European Chemicals Agency’s Socio-Economic Analysis Committee says in a 1 July draft opinion.
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The trade group stands ready to make introductions to its members with biopolymer programs as cosmetics manufacturers face a potential ban on non-biodegradable microplastic use under the European Chemicals Agency’s restriction proposal.
A combined final opinion on the European Chemicals Agency’s proposed microplastic restriction is expected from ECHA committees by year-end, at which point the European Commission will consider whether and when microplastic must be removed from all leave-on cosmetic products marketed in the EU.
Microplastic-infused leave-on cosmetics targeted by the EU’s proposed restriction are numerous and complexly formulated, and there currently are no viable replacement ingredients, according to Cosmetics Europe. Eliminating plastic microbeads from rinse-off products was a far simpler undertaking, but it still took more than four years and resulted in the discontinuation of roughly half of affected formulations.