Little Pro on 2019-02-12
On 30 Jan 2019, ECHA published its official REACH restriction proposal for intentionally added microplastics. It may literally ban the use of international added microplastics in cosmetics, medical devices, detergents, fertilizers and plant protection products gradually.
ECHA defines ‘microplastic’ as a material consisting of solid polymercontaining particles, to which additives or other substances may have been added, and where ≥ 1% w/w of particles have (i) all dimensions 1nm ≤ x ≤ 5mm, or (ii), for fibres, a length of 3nm ≤ x ≤ 15mm and length to diameter ratio of >3. CEFIC calls this definition too broad.
Once released, microplastics can be extremely persistent in the environment, accumulate in terrestrial and aquatic environments, posing a big threat to terrestrial and aquatic organisms.
Microplastic is proposed to be banned as a substance on its own or in a mixture as a microplastic in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.01% w/w. The restriction will apply to the following products gradually.
However, the proposed restriction does not apply to:
Read more: REACH Restricted Substances List 2019
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