Thursday, July 1, 2021France

Reminder: Mandatory marking of wipes and masks containing plastic

Marquage obligatoire des lingettes et masques contenant du plastique

On this 3rd July 2021, the Implementing Regulation 2020/2151 of 17 December 2020, which sets out the harmonised specifications for the marking of single-use plastic products, and its Corrigendum published on 5 March 2021, enter into force. As of that day, the products involved, including cosmetic wipes and masks, must carry a logo to inform consumers of the presence of plastic in the product.

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This mandatory marking stems from the European desire to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
As foreseen by this text, an Implementing Regulation (n° 2020/2151) established the rules of the marking.
Finally, the European Commission published, on 7 June 2021, “Guidelines” which specified the products involved, including masks in addition to wipes.
These provisions enter into force on 3 July 2021.

The rules for the marking

The cosmetic products involved

• Baby wipes
• Cleansing wipes for skin (including hands and body)
• Disinfection wipes for hands, including if provided to consumers in aircrafts, airports, trains or other venues
• Facial/cosmetic wipes (e.g. facial masks or ‘sheet masks’, face cleaning/make-up removal wipes)
• Intimate care wipes
• Toilet tissue wipe
Excluded from the scope of the Directive are industrial wet wipes professional use products (Medical/healthcare wipes), as well as dry wipes.

The marking

• Packaging of products with the surface area of 10 cm2 or more, shall bear the following printed marking:

• The marking shall be placed horizontally on the external front or top surface, whichever is more clearly visible, of the packaging.
When opening the packaging in accordance with …

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