Europe: The new Restriction 78 has been published

Europe: The new Restriction 78 has been published

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Posted By: Selerant EHS

Importance of restrictions

Restrictions are a tool to protect human health and the environment from unacceptable risks posed by some chemicals. restrictions, described in Annex XVII of Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH), may limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market or use of a substance. restrictions to which substances are potentially subjected have to be reported in Section 15 of the SDS.

Last September 27th 2023, the latest update to Annex XVII to REACH Regulation has been published in the form of Regulation 2023/2055.

Regulation 2023/2055: what’s new?

Regulation 2023/2055 adds restriction 78 to Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation, focusing on microplastics.

Microplastics in some types of products (such as "rinse-off products" as defined in the Cosmetics Reg. 1223/2009) cannot be placed on the market in the form of substances as such or intentionally added as components of mixtures in concentration equal to or greater than 0.01% by weight.

For some types of products (such as, for example, microparticles of synthetic polymers intended for use at industrial sites) it is instead necessary to communicate additional information on the label and/or in the SDS.

Regulation 2023/2055: when?

To ensure sufficient time to adapt to the new requirements, the following transitional periods are established depending on the use and/or product sectors.

  • October 2027, 2029, or 2035 for some types of cosmetic products (i.e. product for nails, lips, or rinse-off products)
  • October 2028 for detergents, fertilizers or products for agricultural or horticultural uses
  • October 2029 for fragrances
  • October 2023 for plant protection products

Products containing microplastics in concentrations equal to or above 0.01% cannot be placed on the market after the above dates.

Regarding label elements and/or SDS, the following transition periods are in force:

  • October 2025 for microplastics in industrial products, for food additives and microplastics whose release can be minimized.
  • October 2031 for some types of cosmetic products, consistently with the previously defined transitional periods

Traceone (previously known as Trace One) is already working on implementing and providing the update related to this new regulation.

For more information regarding Regulation 2023/2055, please consult the following link: