ECHA Defends Proposal For ‘World’s Broadest’ Microplastic Restriction Amid NGO Criticism
NGOs claim the European Chemicals Agency’s proposal for restricting microplastics in cosmetics and other products could “make a growing problem worse” by excluding particles smaller than 100 nanometers. The agency clapped back on 1 September, maintaining its proposal was developed in a scientific manner based on input from all stakeholders, including NGOs.
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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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