Classification and labelling…

…Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling

Under CLP, there is a legal obligation for suppliers to evaluate the hazards of chemicals (substances and mixtures) to be placed on the market, and to classify and label them appropriately. An option also exists for Member State Competent Authorities or industry to propose harmonised classification and labelling of a substance across Europe. Following the submission of a CLH dossier, ECHA organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, proposals have been submitted by the Belgian, French, German and UK authorities, and by industry, to standardise the classification and labelling of:

  • pentasodium(carboxylatomethyl)iminobis(ethylenenitrilo)tetraacetate
  • potassium permanganate
  • propane-1,2-diol (propylene glycol, see paragraph below)
  • thifensulfuron-methyl
  • tris(2-ethylhexyl) 4,4′,4”-(1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyltriimino)tribenzoate
  • 1‑vinylimidazole
  • XTJ 568 (reaction mass of 1-[2-(2-aminobutoxy)ethoxy]but-2-ylamine and 1‑({[2‑(2‑aminobutoxy)ethoxy]methyl}propoxy)but-2-ylamine)

As we approach the entering into force of the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2), the proposal for propylene glycol to be classified as a respiratory irritant (STOT SE 3) is of immediate relevance to the e-cigarette industry due to its presence at high levels in a wide range of e-liquid/e-cigarette products.

European Chemicals Agency (2015-2016). CLH reports. Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling based on Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation), Annex VI, Part 2.

Pentasodium(carboxylatomethyl)iminobis(ethylenenitrilo)tetraacetate. Version 3. November 2015.

Potassium permanganate. Version 2. November 2015.

Propane-1,2-diol. Version 2. October 2015.

Tris(2-ethylhexyl) 4,4′,4”-(1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyltriimino)tribenzoate. Version 2. January 2016.

Thifensulfuron-methyl. Version 1. October 2015.

1-Vinylimidazole. Version 1. January 2016.

XTJ 568. Version 2. November 2015.


…RAC opinions on classification and labelling

RAC has adopted several opinions on the harmonised classification and labelling of chemical substances, including:

  • amisulbrom
  • chlorocresol
  • flutianil
  • isoeugenol
  • MIT (2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one)
  • MIT/C(M)IT (reaction mass of MIT and 5-chloro-2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one)
  • pyroxsulam
  • salicylic acid

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Annex to news alert ECHA/NA/16/10.


The above items were taken from the April 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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