REACH, CLP, GPS, HPV and risk assessments
In addition to Euro Chlor's regular activities, over the past
years several legislative and voluntary initiatives have required
industry cooperation within Europe. To this end, Euro Chlor has
acted to support its members where possible, and on this page you
can find links to other several pages where information can be
found on REACH registration, Biocidal Products Directive
(BPD) active substance registration, Classification, Labelling
and Packaging (CLP) notification and Global Product Strategy
(GPS) summary sheets.
The Regulation on Restriction, Evaluation and Authorization of
Chemicals (REACH) EC/1907/2006 came into force in mid-2007. Since
then the chemical industry has been working to collate availalble
toxicity and ecotoxicity information on substances for
submission to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to register the
substances and show that they are safe for the defined uses.
The chlor-alkali substances (chlorine, sodium hydroxide,
hydrogen chloride, sodium hypochlorite, potassium hydroxide,
potassium carbonate, 1,2-dichloroethane and the chlorinated
solvents) have all been registered before the 2010 deadline under
the auspices of ReachCentrum with the assistance of Euro Chlor.
More information on the REACH Regulation page.
Classification, Labelling and Packaging
The Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP)
entered into force in 2009. This regulation brought the UN GHS
principles (Globally Harmonized System for classifying
chemicals) into the EU classification scheme. All substances
manufactured, no matter the tonnage band, had to have their
classification notified to ECHA before the end of December
Euro Chlor assisted our member companies and the REACH consortia
to meet this goal, and we encouraged companies that did not
register under REACH because of lower tonnage thresholds but did
need to notify to use the harmonized classification for each
The harmonized classifications is on the CLP
Global Product Strategy
As a part of the Responsible Care initiative under the
International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), industry is
preparing GPS information sheets for the general public. Euro Chlor
is assisting in this activity by providing draft sheets that
companies can use in meeting this requirement.
The draft GPS information is on the GPS
EU Risk Assessments
Within Europe, concern regarding the potential risks of
chemicals has been an EU policy priority since the late 1980s. In
1993 the Council Regulation (EEC) 793/93 - better known as the
Existing Substances Regulation (ESR) - was adopted to provide a
legislative framework for the evaluation and control of "existing"
More information can be found on our EU Risk Assessment page.
OECD/ICCA High Production Volume programs
Under the ICCA High Production Volume program, many substances
have been assessed for their risk. Euro Chlor supported this
effort, and more information can be found on our HPV Risk
Marine Risk Assessments
Euro Chlor has also voluntarily prepared risk assessments for 25
chlorinated substances, focussed on the marine environment. Many of
these have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and the full
reports are all available Marine risk Assessments
Last update : 09/2011