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UK Proposes Revision to GB CLP Regulation on Substances and Mixtures

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Softlines, Personal and Protective Equipment, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical & Electronics, AutomotiveSeptember 06, 2023

SG 112/23

The United Kingdom is proposing to amend the GB mandatory classification and labeling list under its GB CLP Regulation. The proposed revised list would become mandatory in Q3 of 2025.

On August 24, 2023, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a proposal from the United Kingdom (UK) Government to revise its Great Britain (GB) mandatory classification and labeling list (GB MCL list), an important directory for the classification and labeling of substances and mixtures for GB-based manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors supplying the GB market.

The proposed revision, attached to WTO document 23-5712 and notified under G/TBT/N/GBR/67, contains several important changes to the GB MCL list. It:

  • Adds and revises 26 entries of substances, including the introduction of bisphenol AF (BPAF, CAS 1478-61-1) – a reprotoxic category 1B substance
  • Adds a new entry for ‘2-ethylhexanoic acid and its salts with the exception of those specified elsewhere in this list’, with a note indicating, in part, that the classification for the hazard class(es) in this entry is based only on the hazardous properties of the part of the substance that is common to all substances in the entry

According to the WTO notification, it is expected the draft amendment will be:

  • Adopted in Q1 of 2024
  • Enter into force in Q1 of 2024
  • Become a legal requirement in Q3 of 2025

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