Upon the expiry of the deadline of 3 January 2011, the European Chemical Agency (ECHAi) received 3.1 million Classification and Labelling notifications covering a total of 107,067 different substances. All companies manufacturing or importing hazardous substances were required to classify them by 1 December 2010 and notify ECHA by 3 January 2011. The new rules are laid down in the EU Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemicals (CLPi Regulation No 1272/2008).
The aim of the notification is to make the information about the hazards of substances available to all stakeholders. Based on the information received, ECHA will publish a Classification & Labelling Inventory in May 2011. In the event that different classifications have been notified for the same substance, the companies concerned will be encouraged to agree an entry.
Given that there are no tonnage limits for submitting notifications – unlike the registration obligations under REACHi (Regulation No 1907/2006 for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; IP/10/1632) – many more companies were affected by the notification obligations under CLP, notably small businesses.
Manufacturers and importers that place hazardous substances on the market for the first time after the deadline must notify the classification to the ECHA within one month (please refer to the ECHA website for practical information: http://echa.europa.eu/clp/info_clp_companies_en.asp).
More information can be found in the following ECHA press releases:
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