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 report, ECHA organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, a proposal has been submitted by the Austrian authorities to change the current harmonised classification and labelling of ethylene oxide, which would include new classifications for skin sensitisation (Skin Sens. 1), acute oral toxicity (Acute Tox. 1), suspected reproductive toxicity in humans (Repr. 2), and causing damage to the nervous system through prolonged or repeated exposure (STOT RE1). In addition, the proposal increases the previous classifications for local effects to the skin (becoming Skin Corr 1B) and eye (Eye Dam 1).

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Proposal for harmonised classification and labelling on ethylene oxide, oxirane based on regulation (EC) no 1272/2008 (CLP regulation), annex VI, part 2. CLH report. Version 3. August 2016. https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/31794df1-a2c0-4c16-8354-a09948feb6c4

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

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