ECHA Deliberates On Final Microplastic Proposal As Beauty Industry’s Fate Hangs In Balance
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.
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The final opinion of ECHA’s Socio-Economic Analysis Committee, published on 1 March, is largely unchanged from its July 2020 draft opinion with regard to microplastic in cosmetic products. That means industry may have to convince EU member state authorities that the restriction proposal has a serious proportionality problem.
The European Union’s deliberations in 2021 on a proposed microplastic restriction will determine exactly what and when microplastic ingredients must be removed from cosmetic products on the EU market, likely with global ripple effects.
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.