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The European Commission (EC) has released a draft regulation on amending the labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress Regulation (EC) No 12722008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification.

The draft regulation aims to align the provisions with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations (UN). The 6th and 7th revised editions of the GHS trigger the need to amend some provisions on classification, labelling and packaging in Regulation (EC) No 12722008.

Particularly, the draft regulation amends provisions such as the generic cut-off values; the aerosol form of mixtures and the following hazard classes:

  • explosives
  • flammable gases
  • flammable liquids
  • flammable solids
  • acute toxicity
  • skin corrosion/irritation
  • serious eye damage/eye irritation
  • respiratory
  • skin sensitization
  • germ cell mutagenicity
  • carcinogenicity
  • reproductive toxicity
  • specific target organ toxicity
  • aspiration hazard

A new hazard class for desensitised explosives and a new hazard category, pyrophoric gases, are introduced in the draft regulation.

The draft also amends some hazard statements and precautionary statements. The draft regulation is open for public consultation until August 12, 2018.