ECHA proposes to ban microplastics that are deliberately applied to

ECHA has proposed a ban on microplastic particles added intentionally to the mixtures used by the consumers and/or professionals/component engineering. If such a restriction proposal is adopted, it can lead to a reduction in the number of microplastics released to the immediate environment within the EU countries. It is estimated that the reduction will be around 400 thousand tonnes in more than 20 years. This can greatly minimize the potential health risks and environmental hazards posed by these microplastics that are intentionally and deliberately added to the environment and challenge the global regulatory compliance services. Considering the presence of microplastics can and have affected the ecosystem, a complete EU-wide ban or restriction of these substances would be perfectly justified.

An independent assessment carried out by ECHA shows that these intentionally added microplastics tend to accumulate mostly in terrestrial environments. These particles concentrate heavily in sewage sludge, which is frequently used as fertilizers. A small amount of these microplastics is directly released into the aquatic environment. The potential risk and negative effects posed by the bioaccumulation of microplastics and their extensive persistence are now considered a major concern of worry for environmentalists around the world and have the compliant with rohs directive. Once these microplastics are released into the environment, they can be very persistent and do not biodegrade easily. This means that they can last for hundreds and thousands of years. This also makes it practically impossible to get rid of them. The worst thing is that at present it is not possible to even calculate and determine the effect these microplastics have when they persist within the environment for a long time. This is why the ban on microplastics imposed by ECHA and prop 65 regulations is considered to be an important step in controlling the use of these substances.


The data available on the impact of these substances is very limited, especially for the land or terrestrial environment and this makes it very difficult to carry out a risk assessment. The degradation of the microplastics gives rise to nano-plastics. Both microplastics and nano-plastics are very small in size and they quickly become a part of the food chain where they can be ingested by living organisms. Until now, the potential impact that these microplastics and nano-plastics can have on human health is not clearly well understood. The sad part of the whole thing is that up until now there have not been any major steps taken to control the release of microplastics in the environment which can have an adverse effect on all life forms.

Companies within the European Union must now adhere to the compliance reporting regulations. All the rules are set forth by ECHA when it comes to dealing with the microplastics and their release in the environment. In order to stay in line with such regulations, it is necessary for companies operating within the EU to follow guidelines associated with the handling of these substances. Some of the materials that are going to be controlled by ECHA now are microscopic plastics that are smaller than 5mm in size and the various synthetic polymer particles.

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