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[UK] Banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products (2017-09-11)

From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Part of: Marine environment

Published: 20 Decemberl 2016

Last Updated: 11 September 2017


This consultation has concluded

Download the full outcome
- Summary of responses  PDF, 576KB, 24 pages
- Draft legislation: The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (England) Regulations 2017  PDF, 217KB, 15 pages


Detail of outcome

We received 431 responses to this consultation. Our summary of responses document outlines what we will be doing next.

11 September 2017: We have now drafted the law which we intend to use to bring this ban into force in England by the end of the year.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will introduce separate laws according to their own timescales to make sure that the ban will apply across the whole of the UK.

Any person may make representations on the draft legislation for England in writing to the Secretary of State. Any such representations should be sent by 11 October 2017 to:


Marine Litter Policy Team
Defra, 8B Millbank
17 Smith Square

or by email to marinelitter@defra.gsi.gov.uk.



Original consultation



Seeking views on the UK’s proposed ban on the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

This consultation was held on another website.


This consultation ran from
20 December 2016 to 11:45pm on 28 February 2017


Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads.

We are also looking for evidence of the effect of other sources of microplastics on the marine environment. This will inform future UK actions to protect the marine environment.