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UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is consulting the public on the draft regulation entitled as The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2018.

This draft Regulation bans the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing plastic microbeads in Northern Ireland. The regulation prohibits the use of microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture of rinse-off personal care products and the sale of any such products containing microbeads.

The prohibition on the manufacture of such products and the prohibition on the sale of any such products will come into force on September 2018.

The consultation is open for this draft until August 13, 2018.