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The European Commission (EC) has drafted sector agreement to support the replacement of microplastics in consumer products.

This draft agreement requires to enact a total ban on minute plastic particles (microbeads) in all rinse off cosmetic products and toothpastes by 2019.The draft agreement also obligates the parties to monitor the relevant advances in science and technology and take the measures necessary in cases of newly substantiated problems.

The draft also obligates the undersigned parties to communicate actively with businesses to encourage them to replace these microplastics with alternative ingredients that are equally effective.

The draft is open for public consultation until January 3, 2018.