The EU Commission has published EU Regulation 2020/11 and modified Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation. The change grants importers and downstream users a postponement of the notification deadline. Originally, these parties were required to provide information on hazardous mixtures for consumer use as of January of this year. The required information includes the chemical composition of the mixtures along with their chemical identity, concentration, toxicology, and product category. The change moves the effective date of the deadline to January 1, 2021. This type of notification is required by Article 45 and Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation (Changed by EU regulation 2017/542).
The data to be submitted is important because it gives uniform chemical information to the relevant agencies in the member states and to the related poison centers. Physicians can react quickly in the event of an emergency and undertake life-saving measures.
But why was the deadline postponed? National agencies and associations had criticized the short
implementation period. For example, they took issues with the requirement to submit a notification for every individual recipe. Many sectors, for example paint, and lacquers, have several hundred thousand recipes, meaning that the effort required by the original deadline would be increased exorbitantly.
The modified regulation now responds to these concerns with more clarity and simplicity. For example, a group notification now sufficed for various recipes if all the mixtures in a group have the same classification in terms of their physical properties and health hazards.
How to place the unique formula indicator (UFI) has also been clarified. It should appear on the classification label of the hazardous mixture or very close to the label. It is to be listed on the safety data sheet for unpackaged mixtures.
For more information and links, please see EU Draft Regulation for Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation: Reporting Period for Mixtures Postponed and Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation: EU States Approve Postponement of the Notification Deadline for Mixtures.
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