Indonesia ushers in microbead ban

Indonesia ushers in microbead ban

The Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control has made a series of changes to its regulation on the Technical Requirements for Cosmetic Materials, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

The majority of the amendments conform to those adopted under the Asean Cosmetics Directive following the 28th Committee meeting in May but Indonesia has also taken the opportunity to ban two controversial substances.

The first is plastic microbeads, which will no longer be permitted in rinse-off products; and the second, deoxyarbutin, a form of hydroquinone that is commonly used in whitening creams.

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