EEB response to proposed REACH restriction of microplastics

Types: Response
Published: 20 May 2019
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The EEB supports the dossier submitter’s conclusion according to which the risks arising from the releases to the environment of intentionally used microplastics are not adequately controlled. We therefore we support the need for a restriction.

Although scientific uncertainties remain regarding the impacts of microplastics to ecosystems and human health, the existing scientific evidence already shows toxic effects on a wide range of organisms along food chains, as well as trophic transfer and bioaccumulation. Available scientific evidence shows also the widespread presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic environments, in biota, in rainwater, air and snow in Europe. There is evidence that at present, microplastics represent a high risk to the environment in several locations…

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