Sctoand prohibits the use of microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture of rinse-off personal care products
This draft regulations prohibit the use of microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture of rinse-off personal care products and the sale of any such products containing microbeads. In the draft regulations: "microbead" means any water-insoluble solid plastic particle of less than or equal to 5mm in any dimension; and "rinse-off personal care product" means any substance, or mixture of substances, manufactured for the purpose of being applied to any relevant human body part in the course of any personal care treatment, by an application which entails at its completion the prompt and specific removal of the product (or any residue of the product) by washing or rinsing with water, rather than leaving it to wear off or wash off, or be absorbed or shed, in the course of time; and for this purpose: (a) a "personal care treatment" means any process of cleaning, protecting or perfuming a relevant human body part, maintaining or restoring its condition or changing its appearance; and (b) a "relevant human body part" is— (i) ny external part of the human body (any part of the epidermis, hair system, nails or lips); (ii) the teeth; or (iii) mucous membranes of the oral cavity.] Enforcement officers have powers of entry to carry out the necessary investigations in order to determine whether an offence has been committed. Breach of a prohibition is an offence, and a person guilty of an offence is liable a) on summary conviction to a find not exceeding £5000; b) on conviction on indictment, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding £5,000 or both The draft regulations apply to Scotland only.