Taiwan has become the latest country to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products such as shampoo, shower gel, facial cleanser, soap, toothpaste and scrubbing cream. This ban has come into effect as of July 1, 2018.
Companies found to be selling the listed products containing microbeads may be subjected to a fine (between 1200-6000 TWD), as well as having their products recalled and recycled by the EPA.
The ban on the manufacture and import of the above-mentioned products containing microbeads was announced by the EPA in August 2017. As indicated in the announcement, EPA officials will randomly select samples and send them for testing. Any products that show the presence of microbeads will be subjected to a recall. To support compliance, the EPA has also released a technical guidance regarding these test methods.
Furthermore, if any consumers suspect certain products may contain microbeads, they are encouraged to report the product to the EPA for additional testing. Products that may possibly contain microbeads may have the following substances as their main components: Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), or Nylon.
As of June 7th, 2018, New Zealand has also banned the manufacture and sales of products containing microbeads. Companies that knowingly violate these rules, will be subjected to a hefty fine of up to $100,000.
Other countries that have already banned microbeads or in the process of doing so are: Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, California (USA) and Gothenburg (Sweden).
If your product contains microbeads or you would like to know more information about the ban of microbeads within these countries, please contact Nexreg.