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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has started to prepare restriction proposals for oxo-plastics and for intentionally-added microplastic particles to consumer or professional use products of any kind.

This is in compliance with the request from the European Commission (EC). ECHA expressed their support on the Commission’s plastics strategy, which was made public on 16 January 2018.

Current evidence suggests a potential risk to the environment and human health from microplastic particles that are intentionally added to certain consumer or professional products such as cosmetics, detergents and paint. Oxo-plastics, also called oxo-degradable plastics, facilitate the rapid degradation of polymer materials into very small particles, and may potentially contribute to microplastic pollution.