Restriction of microplastics in the beauty industry: It’s a done deal!
On 26 April 2023, the REACH Committee voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposed amendment to the REACH Regulation, published on 30 August 2022, aimed at restricting the use, and therefore the release into the environment, of microplastics deliberately added to everyday products, including cosmetics.
Well, 5 months later, on 27 September 2023 to be exact, Regulation (EU) 2023/2055 amending Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) as regards restrictions on the use of synthetic polymer microparticles (microplastics) in consumer products, including cosmetics, was published in the Official Journal.
❌This Regulation prohibits synthetic polymer microparticles meeting the 2 conditions, as defined therein, as substances on their own or, where synthetic polymer microparticles are present to impart a desired characteristic, in mixtures at a concentration equal to or greater than 0.01% by mass
✔️Il There are exemption and exclusion criteria detailed in the same Regulation.
For cosmetic products, transitional periods are granted, varying according to the type of product, to adapt to these new restrictions, i.e:
– 17 October 2027 for rinsed cosmetic products
– 17 October 2029 for non-rinse-off cosmetic products
For lipsticks, nail care products and make-up products, the restriction date is set at 17 October 2035, with an obligation from 17 October 2031 to include a statement on the label informing consumers of the presence of microplastics.