European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) seeks to restrict intentionally added microplastics

At the latest Committee for Risk Assessment meeting of the European Chemicals Agency, and on which EuChemS sits, the latest updates on ECHA’s calls for the banning of intentionally added microplastics took centre stage. The proposed restriction aims to ban uses that result in releases to the environment, labelling requirements for other uses where only residual releases are considered to occur, as well as reporting requirement for downstream users on uses exempted from the ban. Polymers as a whole should not be placed on the market as a substance of its own or in a mixture as a microplastic in a concentration equal or greater than 0.01% w/w.

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