Classification and labelling recommendations from Euro Chlor available

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Brussels, 25 November 2010. Euro Chlor, representing the European Chlor-Alkali industry, and the relevant REACH consortia have prepared industry recommendations for the classification and labelling of the chlor-alkali substances. These can be found on the Euro Chlor website.

With the enactment of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (also known as CLP, EC/1272/2008), all manufacturers and importers of chemicals into the European Community are obliged to notify the classification and labelling of manufactured and imported substances before the 3rd of January 2011. Euro Chlor and the relevant REACH consortia have prepared industry recommendations for the classification and labelling of the chlor-alkali substances, which can be found on the Euro Chlor website.

Those companies submitting a REACH registration will automatically notify the registered chemical through the REACH process.

However, those companies that manufacture or import in a lower tonnage band and hence have a later REACH registration deadline or are not submitting a REACH dossier as the substance is registered under the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) or Plant Protection Products Directive (PPPD) still MUST notify the classification and labelling to ECHA before the 3rd of January 2011.

The classification and labelling information for the chemicals monitored by Euro Chlor have been agreed to by the REACH registration groups and/or BPD registration groups. While for many of the substances under the Euro Chlor remit, the classification is somewhat harmonised under CLP, industry is required to assess further endpoints and use more stringent classification if required.

Euro Chlor recommends all companies concerned that if they need to notify and have not already done so under REACH, and if they agree with the proposal, that they notify the same classification as that found on the CLP Recommendations page

Further information

Richy Mariner
Biocides and Science Manager
Tel. +32 2 676 73 61