July 26, 2017

Consultation Results: UK to ban Microbeads from 2018


The UK government has published the results of its consultation into the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

Released on 21 July, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ Summary of responses document confirms that the UK will be banning the manufacture of rinse-off products containing microbeads from 1 January 2018 and the sale of such products from 30 June.

The purpose of the consultation was predominantly to refine the ban’s proposals.

From the responses, the government said it has now developed precise definitions of ‘microbead’, ‘plastic’ and ‘rinse-off personal care product’ in order to clearly define the scope of the ban.

Trading Standards was named as the regulator to manage compliance and enforcement of the ban in England.

Enforcement will be carried out through a range of sanctions including financial penalties, compliance notices, stop notices and enforcement action.