The use of microbeads will be prohibited in rinse-off cosmetic products in China.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released Notice  No.80 on January 16, 2020, to forbid the use of microbeads in cosmetic products.
- A ban on manufacturing cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads – by the end of 2020
- A ban on the sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads – by the end of 2022
Further to Notice  No. 80, on July 10, 2020, the NDRC released Notice  No.1146 to give a detailed definition and scope of this prohibition:
- Scope of prohibition in cosmetic products:
- Rinse-off cosmetic products intended for scrubbing, exfoliating, and cleaning etc., such as shower gels, facial cleaners, scrubs and shampoos. Toothpastes and toothpowders are also included
- Definition of microbeads in cosmetic products:
- Intentionally added plastic particles the size of which is less than 5mm
Manufacturers of cosmetic and personal care products need to be aware of these new restrictions, which will come into force by the end of 2020.
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