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Draft technical regulation banning the marketing of non-biodegradable and non-compostable cotton buds and exfoliating rinse-off cosmetic products or detergents containing microplastics.’

Notification Number: 2018/258/I (Italy)
Date received: 06/06/2018
End of Standstill: 07/09/2018

Issue of comments by: Commission
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2018) 01495
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2018/0258/I

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201801495.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2018 0258 I EN 06-06-2018 I NOTIF


2. Member State
I


3. Department Responsible
MINISTERO DELLO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO
Direzione generale per il mercato, la concorrenza, il consumatore, la vigilanza e la normativa tecnica
Divisione XIII - Normativa tecnica
00187 Roma - Via Sallustiana, 53
tel. +39 06 4705.5386 - .5340 - e-mail: ucn98.34.italia@mise.gov.it


3. Originating Department
MINISTERO DELL'AMBIENTE E DELLA TUTELA DEL TERRITORIO E DEL MARE
UFFICIO LEGISLATIVO
Roma


4. Notification Number
2018/0258/I - S30E


5. Title
Draft technical regulation banning the marketing of non-biodegradable and non-compostable cotton buds and exfoliating rinse-off cosmetic products or detergents containing microplastics.’


6. Products Concerned
Cotton buds made of plastic or of any non-biodegradable and non-compostable material.
Exfoliating rinse-off cosmetic products or detergents containing microplastics.


7. Notification Under Another Act
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8. Main Content
The draft technical regulation that will be included in the 2018 European legislation introduces:
- a ban on the production and marketing on national territory of cotton buds made of plastic or of any non-biodegradable and non-compostable material, pursuant to Standard UNI EN 13432 (Article 180, paragraph 1h of Legislative Decree No 152 of 2006);
- a ban on the marketing of exfoliating rinse-off cosmetic products or detergents containing microplastics. This ban will apply from 1 January 2020 (Article 180, paragraph 1i of Legislative Decree No 152 of 2006).

The regulations in question are adopted and certain amendments made to Article 180 of Legislative Decree No 152 of 3 April 2006 on the prevention of waste production. New articles are also added, namely Article 261-ter ‘Infringement of the ban on the marketing of cotton buds made of plastic or of other non-biodegradable and non-compostable materials’ and Article 261-quater ‘Infringement of the ban on the marketing of cosmetics containing microplastics’.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The intervention is specifically intended to prevent marine waste, or ‘marine litter’ as it is commonly known, made of plastic or other non-biodegradable materials, which is improperly disposed of or released into drains and not intercepted by sewage treatment plants and which, therefore, accumulates in the water and marine environment.
Given the impact of the improper disposal and release of these products into bodies of water and marine environments, the Italian legislator has deemed it necessary to lay down specific provisions imposing measures in order to significantly reduce the pollution caused by this phenomenon. The development of nearly 8 000 km of Italy’s coastline and its central position in the Mediterranean mean that it is particularly ‘vulnerable’ to the impact that this waste may have on the marine environment. Numerous scientific studies have shown that the plastic sticks from cotton buds are among the 10 most common types of waste found on beaches. The ban on the production and marketing of cosmetics and rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads is also necessary, given the fact that they cause damage to marine life. These non-biodegradable microbeads accumulate in the marine environment. Once released into bodies of water, they are impossible to retrieve and, as with microplastics in general, have an impact on biodiversity.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference(s) to basic text(s): Legislative Decree No 152/2006 — Articles 180 and 261: annexed
Other texts: Explanatory report


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
-


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

Yes

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.

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European Commission

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