July 2017 Edition

ChemRegs Newsletter – July 2017

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now been published. The new Bill, formerly referred to as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’, consists of 66 pages and makes no reference to any date of implementation, merely using the term ‘exit day’.

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Thursday 13 July 2017. This stage was merely a formality and took place without any debate.

MPs will next consider the Bill at its Second Reading on Thursday 7 and Monday 11 September 2017.

CLP News

CLP web pages updated

ECHA’s webpages concerning the CLP Regulation, particularly those on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) process, have been updated and ‘revamped’ to include a more detailed description of the process and the latest information.

The updated sections are:

  • Understanding CLP;
  • Classification of substances and mixtures;
  • Labelling and packaging;
  • Harmonised Classification and Labelling (CLH);
  • Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations;
  • Submission of CLH dossiers.

A new page covering ‘The role of testing in CLP’ has also been created.

These pages are available in 23 EU languages on the ECHA website.

Updated list of substances with harmonised classification and labelling now available

ECHA has updated the harmonised classifications for 37 substances in the list of harmonised classification and labelling (Annex VI to the CLP Regulation), to take account of the European Commission’s update to the CLP Regulations contained in the 10th adaptation to technical progress (ATP). (See the Official Journal of the European Union for the official text of the 10th ATP).

Other changes introduced by the 10th ATP include new notes to the classifications and Acute Toxicity Estimates (ATE) for some substances (nicotine). The ATE are mainly used to determine the classification for human health acute toxicity of mixtures containing substances classified for acute toxicity. The inclusion of harmonised ATE values aim to facilitate the harmonisation of the classification of mixtures and provide support for enforcement authorities.

Companies have to comply with the new requirements from 1 December 2018 onwards. This means that existing classifications and REACH registrations should be updated with the new information by this date.

Waste

Regulation (EU) 2017/997, amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (the EU Waste Framework Directive or WFD), has now been published. This amends Annex III of the WFD with regard to the hazardous property HP 14 ‘Ecotoxic’.

Annex III of the WFD defines the properties of waste which make it hazardous. This was amended and replaced by Regulation (EU) No 1357/2014 to reflect the revised classification criteria under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. However, the definition of the hazardous property HP 14 ‘Ecotoxic’ was not amended, as an additional study was needed on the possible impact of an alignment of the assessment of ecotoxicity with the criteria laid down in the CLP Regulation.

That study has now been completed and its recommendations have been reflected in the assessment of HP 14 ‘Ecotoxic’ for waste as now set out in the new Regulation (EU) 2017/997.

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