Proposed restriction on microplastics

ECHA proposes restriction on microplastic particles intentionally added to mixtures across consumer and professional products

Restriction proposal on microplastics

ECHA notifies of intent to prepare restriction dossier for intentionally added microplastics in all consumer and professional products

Report on risk of microplastics

Scientists conclude no widespread risk currently posed by micro and nanoplastics; note limited evidence, measurement difficulty, and potential change with ongoing pollution

Global strategy on plastic pollution

United Nation Environmental Assembly (UNEA) discusses marine plastic litter and microplastics; over 90 international organizations endorse strategy to fight plastic pollution

Regulation of single-use plastics

UN Environment releases report on global ‘regulatory landscape’ for single-use plastics and microplastics in 192 countries, calls for more consolidation in policies worldwide

ECHA: Microplastics likely end up in soil and freshwater

ECHA’s risk assessment finds intentionally added microplastics more likely to accumulate in terrestrial and freshwater environments than in oceans

Safety of microplastic in bottled water

Literature-based risk assessment of microplastic in bottled mineral water finds no safety concerns for consumers from particles or small chemicals therein

Persistence as cause of concern

Scientists review environmental implications of high persistence, argue that ‘highly persistent chemicals should be regulated on the basis of their persistence alone,’ regardless of bioaccumulation and toxicity propertie

Microplastics in aquatic environment

Microplastics2018 conference addresses sources, fate, effects of microplastics in waste water and aquatic ecosystems

BfR: More research and data on microplastics needed

German risk assessment institute responds to Austrian stool study in communication addressing health risks from ingesting microplastics