Sea change: UK government bans plastic microbeads from cosmetics products

Jamie Humphreys and Fergal Duggan

On 9 January 2018, the UK introduced a ban on the manufacture or supply of products containing microbeads, following a worldwide trend towards greater oversight of plastic pollution. The ban will affect manufacturers of a wide range of cosmetics products, including face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.

The sky’s the limit: move towards new EU rules for drones

Carol Roberts

In December 2017, the EU took a big step towards rules for drones that will apply across the European Union. Amongst changes to existing aviation rules, the new regulation will establish a framework for civil drones.

Goods Package proposals promise to shake up enforcement of product regulation across the EU

Rod Freeman and Jamie Humphreys

In December last year, the European published a new “Goods Package” – proposals to significantly reform aspects of product regulation in the EU by 2020. The proposals mainly focus on aspects of enforcement of existing rules.