China Cosmetics: Ban on Microbeads to Impact Sales & Production
China’s government does actively direct industrial policy and the recent Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalogue (2019) (“2019 Industrial Catalogue”) issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (CNDR) which came into force on 1 January 2020 directly affects the cosmetics industry. Based on the 2019 Industrial Catalogue China is set to ban the production of new cosmetic products containing microbeads by 31 December 2020. Sales of existing cosmetic products containing microbeads will be prohibited by 31 December 2022. China’s war on microbeads will first target manufacturing of microbead-containing cosmetics and later the ban will expand to cover sales activities. Few people will be opposed to the ban on microbeads. The regulation is welcome from a number of perspectives – it is good for the environment, it reflects concerns of consumers, it requires companies to be socially responsible and it is further evidence that China takes the environment seriously.