Commission launches consultation on the revision of classification on labelling rules for chemicals


The consultation seeks views on the revision of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (CLP) Regulation 1272/2008. The Commission had announced the revision of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) in October 2020 (please also see frESH Law Horizons March 2021).

The survey asks about introducing three new hazard classes – endocrine disruptors (EDCs); persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT); and persistent, mobile and toxic chemicals (PMT). Questions cover using the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria for endocrine disruptors as a basis for CLP criteria, either directly, or the EU criteria for plant protection products or for biocide products, which are based on the WHO definition and criteria. As foreseen in the inception impact assessment, the open public consultation addresses specific rules for online sales, the use of an only representative type-system for poison centre notifications, and changes to labelling rules. The survey also asks about the harmonisation of toxicological and ecotoxicological as part of the “One substance, one assessment” concept.

The survey will be open until 15 November 2021. The Commission plans to make the legislative proposal in Q2 2022. The EU co-legislators (Council and European Parliament) will then negotiate and adopt it.

The Commission is expected to run a public consultation on the options for a REACH revision in the first quarter of 2022, with the intention of putting forward a proposal in the fourth quarter of the same year (please see frESH Law Horizons May 2021).

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~sThe National Law Review, 10 September 2021