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Environment & Climate Change Canada Bans Sale of Toiletries Containing Microbeads

Published on 2016-12-02. Author : SpecialChem

Environment and Climate Change Canada has proposed Regulations would prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or offer for sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads including non‑prescription drugs and natural health products.

Ban on Sale of Toiletries Containing Microbeads
Ban on Sale of Toiletries Containing Microbeads

Natural Health Products Regulation


The types of toiletries covered include products used for exfoliating or cleansing such as bath and body products, skin cleansers and toothpaste. The proposed Regulations would not apply to prescription drugs. For the purposes of the proposed Regulations, plastic microbeads include any plastic particle of 5 mm in size, which can vary in chemical composition, size, shape and density.

Prohibition on Sale & Offer


Toiletries are defined as any personal hair, skin, teeth or mouth care products for cleansing or hygiene, including exfoliants and any of those products that is also a natural health product as defined in the Natural Health Products Regulations or a non-prescription drug.

The prohibition of the manufacture and import of exfoliating or cleansing toiletries that contain plastic microbeads, excluding natural health products or non- prescription drugs, is targeted to come into effect on January 1, 2018, with the prohibition of the sale or offer for sale of these products by July 1, 2018. Prohibitions would come into effect for the manufacture and import of exfoliating or cleansing non-prescription drugs and natural health products, such as toothpaste that contains plastic microbeads, on July 1, 2018, with a prohibition on the sale or offer for sale of these products by July 1, 2019.

Product Testing


Regulates are not required to submit reports or conduct product testing under the proposed Regulations. The proposal contains a requirement that the presence of microbeads in products be determined using an accredited laboratory to ensure that laboratory testing is performed to acceptable quality standards. This also serves to inform the regulated community of the laboratory standards that will be used to determine the presence of plastic microbeads or to verify compliance with the regulatory provisions.

The proposed Regulations would also make consequential amendments to the Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999) [the Designation Regulations]. The Designation Regulations designate the regulatory provisions from CEPA regulations that refer to an increased fine scheme following a conviction of an offense involving harm or risk of harm to the environment, or obstruction of authority.

About Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), aims to protect the environment, conserve the country's natural heritage, and provide weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

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Source: Environment & Climate Change Canada
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