In a joint letter, various associations led by CEPE, which represents the coatings, inks, and printing inks industry in Europe, called upon the EU to rethink new labeling requirements. The letter claims that implementation of the planned requirements would have far-reaching implications for the industry.
Among other points, the authors criticize increasing the font size to 1.4 mm. They state that doing so would significantly increase the space needed for labeling of hazardous substances. So far, labels have been printed in multiple languages, but the letter claims that will become impossible and require a separate label for each language, thus increasing the effort and costs involved.
Another criticism is the six-month period for updating labels, which the authors find too short. Instead, they find that a period of 18 months would be appropriate.
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