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The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

These Regulations make it an offence to use microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture any rinse-off personal care products. It also makes it an offence to supply, offer to supply or have in possession for supply any rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads as an ingredient.

These Regulations are being introduced in conjunction with other administrations of the UK to allow for a UK-wide ban.


A public consultation “Proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK and call for evidence on other sources of microplastics entering the marine environment” took place from 20 December 2016 to 28 February 2017.

A total of 431 responses were received, the majority supporting the ban. Further details on the responses can be found in the consultation report published on the Scottish Government website.


These Regulations come into force on 19 June 2018

Further information

The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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