…Proposal for harmonised classification and labelling of formaldehyde

Under EC Regulation No. 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging, 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 ask for the classification and labelling of a substance to be harmonised across Europe, whereupon the European Chemicals Agency organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, a proposal has been submitted recently by the French authorities to standardise the classification of formaldehyde. A background scientific report is available, and comments on this proposal can be made by 15 December 2011.

…Other items of interest

Registry of Intentions updated with one intention to propose restriction on 1,4-dichlorobenzene in air fresheners and toilet blocks.

Second draft revised Guidance on Data sharing sent to Forum. http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/docs/draft_documents/guidance_dsh_peg_comments_implemented_en.pdf

Second draft revised Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria (Introduction and Environment chapters) sent to ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee and Forum. http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/guidance4_en.htm

Part B of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment – Hazard Assessment – now available in 22 EU languages. http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/guidance_en.htm

First draft Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) submitted by ECHA to Member States. http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201110/na_11_50_corap_en.asp

Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties on nine substances (21 October 2011; 3 November 2011; 17 November 2011). http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp?consultations_status=current

The above items were taken from the December 2011 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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