The concern for the impact of microplastics (particles of less than five millimeters) in the environment has led some EU countries, as United Kingdom or France, to adopt measures to limit its use, mainly, in the cosmetics sector. However, a joint strategy for the whole EU was lacking. The European Commission commissioned the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA for its acronym in English) to study the possibility of limiting the use of microplastics that are deliberately added to different products. And ECHA is committed to launching a legislative package to suppress its use in cosmetic, agricultural, detergent and medical products. "If the restriction is adopted, the amount of microplastics released to the environment in the EU could be reduced by around 400,000 tons over 20 years," says the European agency based in Helsinki.