China Defines the Scope of its Cosmetics Microbead Ban

On July 10,
2020, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in China released Notice
[2020] No. 1146 defining the scope of the microbead ban in rinse-off cosmetic

According to Notice
No. 1146, the prohibition applies to:

  • Rinse-off cosmetic products intended for scrubbing, exfoliating, and
    cleaning etc. – including shower gels, facial cleaners, scrubs and shampoos
  • Toothpastes and toothpowders

[if !supportLists]

Microbeads are
defined as:

  • Intentionally added plastic particles which are less than 5 mm

[if !supportLists]

This follows
the NDRC’s Notice [2020] No. 80, which banned the used of microbeads in
cosmetic products. This was released on January 16, 2020. Notice No. 80
included a ban on:

  • Manufacturing cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads – by the
    end of 2020
  • Sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads – by the end of

[if !supportLists]

are advised to now check their products comply with the ban, which will come
into force by the end of 2020.

SGS Cosmetics &
Personal Care Testing Services

SGS provides testing, inspection, auditing and
consulting services to manufacturers, distributors, and importers to ensure a
high level of product quality in every area. A global network of
state-of-the-art laboratories offer custom-made solutions for chemical,
biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. Learn more about
SGS’s Cosmetics & Personal Care Testing Services.

In addition, SGS Digicomply is an advanced regulatory compliance
management platform that helps manufacturers stay informed on regulatory and
legislative changes.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with
the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full
Releases Detailed Rules on Cosmetic Containing Microbeads

Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox.

For further information contact:


Technical Support

Tel: +86 020 2909 3881



LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and
certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality
and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over
2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top