Late last month, the European Commission has adopted the "Proposal for a
Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification,
labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, and amending Directive
67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006" (COM(2007) 355 final). The
proposed act aligns the EU system of classification, labelling and packaging
substances and mixtures to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS).
It is expected to facilitate global trade and harmonised communication of
hazard information of chemicals and to promote regulatory efficiency. It will
complement the new REACH Regulation on the registration, evaluation,
authorisation and restriction of chemicals. The proposed Regulation will be
discussed by the European Parliament and the Council under the co-decision
The proposal incorporates the classification criteria and labelling rules
agreed at UN level, the so called Globally Harmonised System of classification
and labelling of chemicals (GHS). It will introduce new classification
criteria, hazard symbols (pictograms) and labelling phrases, while taking
account of elements which are part of the current EU legislation.
The proposed regulation requires companies to classify, label and package
appropriately their substances and mixtures before placing them on the market.
It aims to protect workers, consumers and the environment by means of labelling
which reflects possible hazardous effects of a particular chemical.
The proposed regulation also takes over provisions of the REACH Regulation
regarding the notification of classifications, the establishment of a list of
harmonised classifications and the creation of a classification and labelling
The proposal will undergo co-decision, seeking agreement of the European
Parliament and the Council. After entry into force the deadline for substance
reclassification is proposed to be 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work