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The Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

On 19 December the Act to provide for the prohibition on the manufacture or placing on the market of certain products containing microbeads; to impose restrictions in relation to the disposal of substances containing microbeads was passed into Law and has come into Law in 1st Jan.

Plastic microbeads are defined as any intentionally added,a solid plastic particle which is water insoluble,   not more than 5 millimetres at its widest point, and a plastic” means a synthetic polymer that— can be moulded, extruded or physically manipulated into different shapes, and that retains its final manufactured shape when used for the purpose for which it was manufactured;

The scope of the legislation covers all cleaning products and all water soluble cosmetics excluding any product which primarily protects against ultra violet light.

" Scope of this legislation is:
(1) A person shall not manufacture or place on the market a cosmetic product that—
(a) is water soluble, and
(b) contains microbeads in excess of the permitted concentration.
(2) A person shall not manufacture or place on the market a cleaning product that—
(a) is water soluble, and
(b) contains microbeads in excess of the permitted concentration.
(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
(4) It shall be a defence to proceedings for an offence consisting of a contravention of subsection (1) or (2) for the defendant to show that he or she took all measures reasonably necessary to prevent such contravention.
(5) In this section “permitted concentration” means, in relation to a cosmetic product or cleaning product containing microbeads, a concentration of microbeads that does not result in the aggregate weight of the microbeads in the product exceeding 0.01 per cent of the weight of the product "



Last updated: 01/01/2020
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