Canada Proposes Microbead Ban

10/11/16

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08h00 - 16h30

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On November 5, 2016, the proposed Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations were published in the Canadian Gazette Part I. The proposed regulations should not come as much of a surprise, as in August 2015, plastic microbeads were added to the List of Toxic Substance in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The proposed regulations impacts toiletries, which includes “any personal hair, skin, teeth or mouth care products for cleansing or hygiene, including exfoliants and any of those that is also a natural health product or a non-prescription drug” that contain plastic microbeads that are less than or equal to 5 mm in size.

The proposed regulation would prohibit the manufacture or import of toiletries, excluding non-prescription drug products and natural health products, which contain plastic microbeads effective January 1, 2018; effective July 1, 2018 those toiletry products shall not be offered for sale. The manufacturing or importing of non-prescription drugs and natural health products with plastic microbeads would be prohibited effective July 1, 2018; effective July 1, 2019 they shall not be offered for sale.

Click to view Canadian Gazette Part I: Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations:
http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-11-05/html/reg2-eng.php

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