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Denmark’s Ministry of the Environment and Food has drafted an Order on the Import and Sale of Rinse-off Cosmetic Products Containing Microplastics.

The draft Order contains a prohibition on the import and sale of rinse-off cosmetic products containing microplastics in a concentration of 0.01% or more, if the microplastics are not biodegradable. The prohibition applies to cosmetic products intended to be removed after use on skin, hair or mucous membranes.

Microplastic is defined as plastic in a solid state that is less or equal to 5 mm in all dimensions and that is insoluble in water.

Biodegradable microplastic is defined as microplastic that fulfils one or more of the criteria for biodegradability using one of the permitted test methods defined in Annex 1 to the Microplastics Order.

Rinse-off cosmetics that contain microplastics that fulfil one or more of the criteria defined in Annex 1 of the Order are thereby exempt from the prohibition. Transit goods and private imports for own non-commercial use are also exempt from the prohibition.

This Order shall enter into force on 1 July 2020. Learn more about UL’s cosmetic product testing.