Microplastics Advanced Research and Innovation Initiative (MARII)

MARII is a platform launched by ICCA to facilitate the global exchange of information on microplastics research projects and related scientific conferences and activities. MARII is envisioned as a roundtable to help bring together scientists from industry, academia, research institutions, and other venues from across the globe to:

  • Exchange information current and recently completed microplastics research and emerging test methods and technologies; and
  • Convene meetings and conferences to collectively discuss, examine, and evaluate current research and initiatives.


A Global Platform for Scientific Exchange

Addressing the impact of microplastics will require a global approach, linking industry, academia, and others to solve problems and offer innovative solutions.

The global chemicals and plastics industry is committed to developing the science needed to improve understanding of microplastics and their potential effects on human health and the environment.

Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Microplastics

Our ability to identify and detect microplastics has increased immensely in recent years. While current scientific literature does not suggest human health or the environment is affected from microplastics at current levels of exposure, information needs and knowledge gaps have been identified.

Many issues surrounding microplastics revolve around uncertainty and a lack of consistent and reliable methods, standards, and consistency of observed exposures and effects. Developing a risk-based approach is ultimately necessary to accurately evaluate the potential impacts of microplastics on the environment and will require frequent communication across the global science community.

Advancing Microplastics Research

Cefic, JCIA, ACC and PlasticsEurope have each launched microplastic research programs. Through MARII, information on these research activities and specific research projects will be shared with the broader scientific community.

ICCA, through the regional research programs of Cefic, JCIA, ACC and PlasticsEurope, will support complementary areas of microplastics research to address any critical knowledge gaps.

ICCA supports global research programs that develop and apply real-world, science-based approaches and test methods to learn more about their potential impact on the environment.

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