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IntroductION To European CHEMICALS Legislation

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REACH - Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals

CHCS Members can read a detailed “Introduction To The REACH Regulation” and may be interested in “Tracking Substances Through Regulatory Processes”.

The EU's Council of Ministers and European Parliament adopted Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) on 18th December 2006.

The European CHemicals Agency (ECHA), set up by REACH, was established in Helsinki, Finland in June 2008. REACH has since been subject to a number of amendments and adaptations to technical progress.

The registration provisions of REACH were applied in a phased approach, commencing from 1 June 2008. The transitional arrangements for registration of substances ended on 31 May 2018, from which time all substances manufactured or imported into the EU/EEA in quantities of 1 tonne per year or more must be registered.

For further information on REACH:

www.hse.gov.uk/reach/index.htm

www.echa.europa.eu/regulations/reach/legislation

The CLP Regulation

CHCS Members can read a detailed “Introduction To The CLP Regulation” and may be interested in “Tracking Substances Through Regulatory Processes”.

In December 2008, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, was adopted.

This directly acting Regulation aligns previous EU Directive driven legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The main objectives of the legislation are to facilitate international trade in chemicals, whilst maintaining a high level of protection of human health and environment. GHS is the United Nations system for the classification of hazardous chemicals, and communication to users of these hazards, through standard pictograms, hazard statements and precautionary standards on labels and through safety data sheets (SDS).

For further information on CLP:

www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/legal/clp-regulation.htm

www.echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp/legislation

The Seveso Directive

CHCS Members can read a more detailed overview of "The Seveso III Directive".

Directive, 2012/18/EU on the control of major-accident hazards (COMAH) involving dangerous substances

The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Directive and UK Regulation transposing the Directive, impose duties on establishments storing or processing quantities of hazardous materials above defined thresholds.

The first Seveso Directive (82/501/EEC) was introduced in 1982, following a chemical accident at an industrial plant in Seveso, Italy in 1976. It was enacted to prevent major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

Subsequent amendments to the Directive followed in 1987 (87/216/EEC) and in 1988 (88/610/EEC). Seveso II (Directive 96/82/EC) was eventually adopted following lessons learned from further chemical incidents, the most tragic of which led to the loss of thousands of human lives, when methyl isocyanate gas was leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal.

The 2012 revision (Seveso III) was necessary to align the hazard classification criteria to the CLP Regulation. The latest revision to the Directive is transposed into UK legislation, as the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015.

To determine whether in scope, organisations must examine their chemical inventories against the qualifying criteria, consisting of volume thresholds of named substances and generic hazard categories. The maximum quantities present, or likely to be present at any one time, including the potential for chemicals to be produced during chemical reaction, whether planned or otherwise must be established.

Mixtures must also be counted when classified in one of the generic categories. In the case of substances or mixtures falling within more than one hazard category, the lowest threshold hazard category must be used.

An establishment may still be in scope even if the threshold is not reached for any named substance or individual generic category, due to the requirement to aggregate similar hazard categories.

There are two volume thresholds for the quantities of hazardous materials, resulting in two categories of scope, lower tier and upper tier. The duties for upper tier sites are more extensive to reflect larger volumes on site, or greater potential for chemical incident. Upper tier sites are subject to more rigorous and frequent inspection regimes.

For further information on the Seveso Directive and UK Regulation:

www.hse.gov.uk/comah

www.ec.europa.eu/environment/seveso

The Cosmetic Regulation, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009

CHCS Members can read a more detailed overview of the "Cosmetics Product Regulation".

The Cosmetics Regulation introduced a number of changes from the preceding legislation, Directive 76/768/EC.

Cosmetic products cannot be placed on the EU market, without a designated ‘responsible person’ located within the EU. The responsible person has a number of duties, including notification of the cosmetic product to the EU cosmetic products notification portal (CPNP) and maintaining a safety report covering the cosmetic product.

Colourants, preservatives and UV-filters, including those that are nanomaterials, must now be explicitly authorised. Products containing other nanomaterials may be subject to a full safety assessment at EU level, if there are safety concerns regarding use in cosmetic products. A number of other important changes were introduced with enactment of the regulation.

For further information on the Cosmetic Products Regulation:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/cosmetics/legislation_en

Prior Informed Consent Regulation

CHCS Members can read a more detailed overview of the: "Prior Informed Consent Regulation".

The import and export of chemicals from the UK is subject to a number of regulations, including the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (EU) 649/2012. This regulation implements the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and controls the import and export of certain dangerous chemicals. In addition, Article 17 imposes more general duties on exporters to provide information to their non-EU customers, including EU compliant labels and safety data sheets, providing these meet the requirements of the importing country.

Additional requirements apply to chemicals that may be used in the manufacture of drugs and chemical weapons. Further information on the import and export of drug precursors can be found on the Home Office website, whilst information on the chemical weapons convention can be found here.

Suspicious enquiries for chemicals that might be used as precursors for drugs and/or chemical weapons should be reported, as soon as possible to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321. See National Counter Terrorism Security Office website and leaflet.


 

 CHCS Training

CHCS offers Modular Training Courses on the writing of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and related issues such as classification, labelling and other documentation.

For more information see CHCS Training

If you have any queries about our training, please Contact CHCS.

Chemicals Legislation Support From CHCS

We provide a range of pages on this website to give you an introduction to different aspects of chemicals legislation / regulation:

Legislation (Introduction)BrexitTransport: Modal Regulations
International LegislationGHS PictogramsTransport: Model Regulations
European LegislationEU Law Making ProcessTransport: UK Requirements
UK LegislationEH40 

For CHCS members only: 

  
REACH RegulationPrior Informed Consent (PIC)Seveso III Directive
CLP RegulationThe Cosmetics RegulationTracking Substances
EH40  


Page updated December 2019

CHCS News

CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures: Presentations Now Available
CHCS members can now download copies of the presentations given at our 8th Annual Lectures on 20 November 2019. Visit our "Past Events" page. [Posted on 21 November 2019]

Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1831 Establishes  A 5th List Of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs)
CHCS members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings  page. [Posted on 21 November 2019]

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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