SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 157/16

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has recently circulated a notification from the European Union (EU) announcing its draft Regulation to amend the CLP Regulation. If approved, it may become effective at the end of 2018.

On August 22, 2016, the WTO circulated notification G/TBT/N/EU/400 [1] announcing a draft Regulation from the EU to amend Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation). This draft Regulation, in the form of notification attachments 16_3411_00_e and 16_3411_01_e to WTO document 16-4467, would be the tenth adaptation to technical progress (ATP-10) for the CLP Regulation. The important amendments in this proposed Regulation include the following changes to Table 3 (formerly Table 3.1) falling under Annex VI:
  • Adding 24 new entries

  • Amending 13 existing substances and providing acute toxicity estimate (ATE) values for nicotine (CAS 54-11-5)

  • Inserting harmonized ATE values in the penultimate column, containing specific concentration limits (SCLs) and M-factors. ATEs are mainly used to determine the classification for human health of mixtures containing substances classified for acute toxicity

According to the notification, it is proposed that the draft Regulation is:

  • Adopted in Q1 2017

  • To enter into force 20 days from publication in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU)

  • To become effective 18 months after the date of entry into force for Table 3 (potentially this is the end of 2018)

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy for restricted substances, safety data sheets (SDSs), as well as chemical safety assessments (CSAs) for the EU and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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