Commission sets up rules to identify endocrine disruptors and long-lasting chemicals and to improve labelling
Today, the Commission proposed a revised Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP) and introduced new hazard classes for endocrine disruptors and other harmful chemical substances to better protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals.
The revised Regulation clarifies rules on labelling and for chemicals sold online. This will hence facilitate business, including for SMEs, and the free movement of substances and mixtures at EU level.
The Commission adopted a Delegated Act to introduce new hazard classes under the CLP for endocrine disruptors, as well as for chemicals that do not break down in the environment and can accumulate in living organisms, or risk entering and spreading across the water cycle, including drinking water.
The new hazard classes are the result of extensive scientific discussions and will provide easier access to information to all users of such chemicals, notably consumers, workers and businesses. They could allow further action to address and mitigate the risks of substances and mixtures under other EU downstream legislation such as e.g. REACH, while taking account of socio-economic impacts.
In addition, the legislative proposal amending the CLP Regulation caters for:
- Better and faster processes for all actors to inform on hazards of chemicals placed in the EU market.
- Improved communication of chemical hazards, including online, through simpler and clarified labelling and advertising requirements. Among those, the proposal sets up a minimal font size for labels of chemicals.
- The right for the Commission to develop classification proposals on potentially hazardous substances, in addition to Member States and industry. This will speed up the pace at which hazardous substances are identified.
- First ever specific rules for refillable chemical products, so consumers buy and use chemical products, such as home care chemicals, sold in bulk in a safe way.
European Commission, 19-12-22