The final opinion of ECHA’s Committte for Risk Assessment (RAC) on the proposal to ‘Restricting the use of intentionally added microplastic particles in consumer or professional use products of any kind’ is available on ECHA’s website.
The draft opinion of ECHA’s Socio-Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC) on the restriction proposal is now available for comments till 1st of September 2020.
Interested parties may submit comments on SEAC’s draft opinion within 60 days of its publication.
SEAC considers that the proposed restriction on intentionally added microplastics is the most appropriate Union wide measure to address the identified risks, as concluded by RAC, taking into account the proportionality of its socio-economic benefits to its socio-economic costs provided that the scope or conditions are modified, as proposed by RAC and SEAC, as demonstrated in the justification supporting this opinion.
The conditions of the restriction proposed by SEAC are:
Taking into account RAC’s conclusion on risk, SEAC considers that the definition of microplastics should not set a lower size limit. However, in order to ensure that the proposed restriction is implementable, enforceable and monitorable SEAC acknowledges the necessity to set a lower size limit for the conditions of the restriction as 0.1 µm.
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