Micro plastics in rinse off cosmetics will be banned in France as from January 2018. An amendment in the Biodiversity Law has been adopted in July 2016. The law acknowledges that other microplastics used in cosmetics are not banned, otherwise the cosmetics industry would be too much threatened.
Read the French law (in French)
Esben Lunde Larsen, Denmark’s environment and food minister, urged the European Commission to introduce a Europe-wide ban on the use of microplastics in cosmetic products. Read the article.
“Food and Drugs Authority will likely need to issue guidance to clarify exactly what materials are covered by the ban on plastic microbead use in selected personal-care products.