CLP Regulation: Formaldehyde Classified as Carcinogenic and Mutagenic

The new classification represents the broadest amendment yet to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling, and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation). The new regulation (EU No 605/2014) was adapted to technical and scientific progress and published on June 6 in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The regulation classifies formaldehyde as carcinogenic (category 1B) and mutagenic (category 2) and requires companies to label it accordingly in the future.
The new regulation goes into effect on April 1, 2015. For substances classified, labeled, packaged, or traded before December 1, 2014, the regulation goes into effect on December 1, 2016. For mixtures, the new requirement for labeling and packaging becomes effective on June 1, 2017.
The new classification for formaldehyde will have a direct effect on numerous other rules and regulations. It will also require modification of a large number of safety data sheets.
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