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 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.
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.