Important notice to those who sold products containing microbeads in Canada in 2014!

The ever escalating issue of microbeads has resulted in a mandatory survey to be completed by companies who import, export, or use microbeads in personal care or consumer products in Canada. The survey covers microbeads intended to be applied to the human body for the purpose of exfoliating or cleansing in such a way that they may release to water. This survey is due no later than 5 pm ET on October 15, 2015.

Microbeads are synthetic polymer particles which can be larger than 0.1 µm and smaller than or equal to 5 mm in size and are solid at room temperature. They are used in various products such as lotions, cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, exfoliating creams, face washes and moisturizers for exfoliating or cleansing purposes.

The reason for this survey is to gather information on the production and use of microbeads within Canada to be able to support planned actions on banning microbeads that are non-biodegradable. Non-biodegradable microbeads that are washed off after product use end up in the environment and cause toxic issues. The Canadian Government is in the process of declaring microbeads as “Toxic Substances” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

You qualify to fill out the mandatory survey if:
• In 2014, you IMPORTED a total quantity greater than 10 kg of microbeads in a mixture or personal care products intended to be applied to the human body and that may be released to water
• In 2014, you EXPORTED a total quantity greater than 10 kg of microbeads in a mixture or personal care products intended to be applied to the human body and that may be released to water
• In 2014, you USED a total quantity greater than 10 kg of microbeads in a mixture or personal care products intended to be applied to the human body and that may be released to water

You DO NOT qualify to fill out the survey if you dealt with:
• Microbeads in products or mixture that are in TRANSIT through Canada
• Microbeads in products or mixture that are in hazardous recyclable material that are claimed under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulation and in 2014 was imported to a permit that was issued under the regulations
• Microbeads in pest control products within section 2(1) of Pest Control Products Act where the pest control product is registered
• Microbeads in fertilizer or supplement products that are registered in section (2) of Fertilizers Act
• Microbeads in prescription drugs that are under the Food and Drug regulations

Information to input into the survey:
• Consumer and commercial codes used to describe the use of the substance with microbeads
• Quantity of the mixture or products containing microbeads imported or exported
• Concentration of microbeads by weight in mixture or product (% w/w) – exact concentration or a range
• Proportion of microbeads in mixtures or products used for exfoliating or cleansing
• Stock Keeping Units information (SKUs)
• Information on the company that is importing, exporting, or using the microbeads
• The number of employees that work for the company and the company’s gross annual receipts
• Unpublished or published data or studies
• Information that you may be expected to have access to or possess

If the company has more than 1 location, respond to this survey on a company wide basis.

For more information, visit the Chemical Substances page on the Canadian Government’s website at: http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/plan/resources/s71-eng.php

If you need help complying with this mandatory requirement, have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact us at 905-271-2709.