ECHA published a proposal to restrict intentionally-added microplastics in January 2019. It is said to be the most comprehensive restriction initiative for reducing emissions from intentional uses of microplastics. It has since been subject to a six-month stakeholder consultation and discussed in two scientific committees: Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC). The RAC has adopted ECHA’s opinion and have given their own recommendations on certain aspects of the proposal. The consultation of the draft opinion of SEAC closed on 1 September and final opinion of SEAC is expected by end of 2020.
The decision on the restriction and its scope will be made by the European Commission with the EU Member States – taking into account the RAC and SEAC opinions and ECHA’s proposal.