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CHemical Hazards Legislation - International

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The principal legislation currently in the European Union (EU) is the Classification, Packaging and Labelling of substances and mixtures regulation (CLP). CLP is the European implementation of GHS.

REACH

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.

REACH applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article).

Import & Export (PIC)

In the European Union Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals implements the Rotterdam Convention and is the latest in a series of such regulations on international chemicals trade dating back to 1992. In 1999, the United Kingdom signed the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC), which allows signatories to monitor and control the international trade of certain dangerous chemicals.

The Regulation aims to protect human health, of both consumers and workers, and the environment against potentially harmful impacts from certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides.

Transport

Each mode of transport (road, rail, sea, air and inland waterways) has its own requirements – these are known as modal requirements. They are updated every two years with new editions coming effective 1st January of odd-numbered years, with the exception of air that is updated annually.

  • UN Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Orange Book) (Note: these are global recommendations)
  • Road- ADR
  • Rail - RID
  • Sea - IMDG Code
  • Air - ICAO Technical Instructions (IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which are carrier terms and conditions but contain all ICAO legal provisions, as well as some IATA additional requirements.).

Globally Harmonised System (GHS)

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has been the subject of more than a decade of work. Its aim is to provide a framework to bring together the various national and regional hazard communication systems which control the supply of hazardous chemicals in much the same way that the ‘Orange Book’ offers a global framework for the transport of dangerous goods.

The purpose of GHS is to provide a single, globally harmonized system to address classification of chemicals, labels, and safety data sheets. The first edition of GHS was published in July 2003 as the ‘Purple Book’, it is revised every December of even numbered years (and usually published in the following summer).

Further details about the publication status, its ‘adoption’ throughout the world, and often access to electronic versions (when these are eventually made available), can be found on the UNECE website:

www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ghs_welcome_e.html

The EU Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP) harmonises the EU supply provisions with the GHS. See the Legislation page of this website for further information. Further information is also available for CHCS members in our Member’s Only section.


CHCS News

ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022
ECHA has announced a draft plan incorporating 74 substances proposed for evaluation by Member States (MS) during 2020-2022, under the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP).  CHCS members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings  page. [Posted on 12 November 2019]

CHCS October 2019 Newsletter Now Published

Our October 2019 Newsletter is now available, which includes an in-depth, special report titled "Titanium Dioxide - Stakeholders Demand An Impact Assessment". See our CHCS Newsletters page for more details [Posted on 20 October 2019]

GHS Revision 8
Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Revision 8 has been published and is available online in both English and French. CHCS members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings  page. [Posted on 22 October 2019]

Model Regulations, 21st Revised Edition The United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 21st Revised edition is now available in English and French. CHCS Members can read more on the page. CHCS News Briefings  [Posted on 21 October 2019]

IATA Publishes Significant Changes To The 61st Edition Of The Dangerous Goods Regulations  

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.   [Posted on 20 October 2019]

CHCS & SCHC Sign New MoU
We are delighted to have signed a new MoU with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, outlining the relationship between both Societies and the benefits to members of both. For more information visit our SCHC web page [Posted on 18 October 2019]

CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures - Celebrating 25 Years of CHCS
We are delighted to publish our draft program for the event, including speakers and presentation titles. 

There is still plenty of time to register for the event, which takes place on 20 November at Hilton Hotel, NEC, Birmingham. Free of charge for CHCS members. 

To find out more, download the flier or reserve your place please visit the CHCS 25th AGM event page [Posted on 8 October 2019]

Draft amendment to REACH Annex II
A consultation has been opened on the draft amendment to Annex II of REACH. The draft has also been notified to the World Trade Organisation – G/TBT/N/EU/680.  

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.  [Posted on 1 October 2019]

Webinar Series: "Introduction to Chemical Management in Latin America"
Our colleagues in the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), have developed a series of webinars, each covering a different country. CHCS members can register at SCHC-member prices. For more details, see our SCHC web page.  
[Posted on 25 September 2019]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 30 September 2019
    Poison Centre First Deadline To Be Postponed

  • 23 September 2019
    Updated advice for UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation to EU countries in the period immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

  • 28 August 2019
    14th ATP To CLP: Outcomes For TiO2, Cobalt & DPTA

  • 22 July 2019
    Draft Amendment To "Poison Centre" Regulations

  • 22 July 2019
    Possible Annex VIII to CLP Extension?

  • 29 June 2019
    Workability Issues: Notification to Poison Centres

  • 24 June 2019
    Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance

  • 24 April 2019
    HSE Consultation on revision of Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for a range of carcinogens


  • 28 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 22 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 23 January 2019
    Links To Guidance & Legislation Recently Laid Before Parliament

  • 23 January 2019
    RPA Seeks Input From Companies In Chemicals Supply Chain To Assess Impacts Of Brexit

  • 11 January 2019
    Preparing For A Potential 'No-Deal' Brexit

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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