07/06/2007

Chemicals, notification and authorization in Germany

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Chemicals
Notification Unit ­ Biocide Authorization Unit, is responsible for implementing
statutory rules whose aim is the protection of man and the environment from
dangerous substances.

The risk posed by the substance from production up to disposal is assessed on
the basis of information on the properties and the use of the substance.
Identified risks are to be avoided by targeted measures ­
classification/labelling, occupational exposure limits, restriction and
prohibition. As the contact point for industry the Chemicals Notification Unit
- Biocide Authorization Unit receives the data on chemicals and biocides.

Subsequent examination of the data is performed jointly with the Federal
Environmental Agency (UBA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR),
the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the
department "Safety and Health of Chemical and Biological Working Substances" of
the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and, in certain cases
within the framework of the authorization of biocidal products, with the
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and the Robert Koch
Institute (RKI).


 
The subsequent expert assessment of substance risks and the derivation of
protective measures for workers, the environment and the consumer are
undertaken by the department "Safety and Health of Chemical and Biological
Working Substances” of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health, the Federal Environmental Agency and the Federal Institute for Risk
Assessment.

The Chemicals Notification Unit ­ Biocide Authorization Unit is responsible for

  • the REACH-helpdesk according to its role as the national information bureau
    for producers, importers and users of chemical substances

  • the notification procedure for new substances (Chemicals Act - ChemG)

  • the authorization procedure for biocidal products

  • the notification of biocidal products according to the Biocide Notification
    Ordinance

  • the notification procedure for existing chemical substances

  • applications for confidential treatment of the chemical identity of a
    substance in a preparation according to Article 15 of Directive 1999/45/EC
    concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative
    provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and
    labelling of dangerous preparations (Preparations Directive)

  • notifications according to Regulation (EC) No 304/2003 of the European
    Parliament and of the Council of the 28 January 2003 on the export and import
    of dangerous chemicals (Export / Import Regulation)

  • supporting the EC Commission with the implementation of the CFC Regulation
    (EC) No 2037/2000.

  • the receipt and forwarding of applications for granting exceptional
    authorisations according to Article 5 para. 1 and 2 of Regulation (EC) No
    648/2004 of March 31th, 2004 on detergents.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health