SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a Consumer Compact article looking at the problems associated with microplastics, EU Regulation 2023/2055 and the routes to conformity.
The EU introduced measures to regulate microplastics under REACH in September 2023. Under the terms of the restriction, microplastics must not be placed onto the market as a substance on the own or where the synthetics polymer microparticles are present to confer a sought-after characteristic in mixtures in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.01% by weight.
SGS’s Consumer Compact article looks at the problems associated with microplastics and the need to regulate. It also summarizes Regulation 2023/2055 and considers the solutions that are available to manufacturers and suppliers of consumer products.
Read the original Consumer Compact article, ‘Understanding Europe’s Restriction on Microplastics’.
SGS offers comprehensive testing and certification services to help businesses ensure compliance with the provisions in REACH. Testing solutions for microplastics include:
– Biodegradability testing – Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Annex XVII Appendix 15, OECD Guideline 301B
– Determination of polymer solubility test – Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Annex XVII Appendix 16, OECD Guideline 120
– Material composite identification testing – in-house method
Learn more about SGS REACH solutions.
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