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Call for evidence on possible restriction of microplastics

ECHA/NR/18/11

The purpose of the call for evidence is to collect information to assess the impacts of a possible restriction on intentionally added microplastics in products of any kind.

Helsinki, 1 March 2018 - ECHA is inviting stakeholders to send information that could help with the preparation of a possible restriction on intentional use of microplastic particles in products. We are particularly interested in information about the uses of microplastic particles, their alternatives as well as the costs and other impacts of a potential restriction.

We will organise an online information session on 12 March from 11:00 to 12:30 EET, GMT +2. The purpose of the session is to clarify the scope of the call for evidence and answer any remaining questions. The session is targeted at stakeholders planning to provide relevant information for the preparation of the restriction proposal. Please register using the link below.

The call for evidence is open until 11 May 2018.

Background information

What are microplastics?

Microplastics are synthetic, water-insoluble polymer items smaller than 5 mm, which are considered to be of particular concern for the aquatic environment. The potential impact of microplastics on the (aquatic) environment and human health have generated concerns in Member States of the European Union and worldwide.


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