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Plastic Beads in Toiletries Prohibited Effective January 2018

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Starting in January 2018 a New Regulation Will Prohibit Plastic Microbeads in the Manufacture, Import and Sale of Toiletries That Is Used to Exfoliate or Cleanse in Personal Care Products 2017-07-05

The Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II: Vol. 151, No.12 June 2017.
 
The new Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations will go into effect January 1, 2018.
 
The current regulations can be accessed here.
 
Microbeads are defined as plastic microbeads that are ≤ 5 mm in size and are used in many products, including toiletries such as bath and body products, skin cleansers and toothpaste. Because of potential environmental concerns, the Government of Canada (GOC) prioritized the review and regulation of microbeads.
 
The GOC, under the authority of Canada Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA), prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads, including non-prescription drugs and natural health products. For the purposes of the regulations, plastic microbeads include any plastic particle equal to or less than 5 mm in size. The types of toiletries covered include products such as bath and body products, skin cleansers and toothpaste.
 
As of January 1, 2018, the manufacture and import of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads will be prohibited unless the toiletries are also natural health products or non-prescription drugs, in which case the prohibition will begin July 1, 2018.
 
As of July 1, 2018, the sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads will be prohibited, unless the toiletries are also natural health products or non-prescription drugs, in which case the prohibition will begin July 1, 2019.
 
Additional information is available at:
 
 
Source: Government of Canada (GOC)

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