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Portland cement clinker: multiple entries notified to C&L inventory

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CEMBUREAU recently discovered that there are 31 “different” notifications of the classification and labelling (C&L) of Portland cement clinker to the ECHA’s C&L inventory. As readers may be aware, CEMBUREAU successful submitted, on behalf of its members, the notification of the C&L of Portland cement clinker in December 2010 (see December 2010/January 2011 Eurobrief). Many of the additional notifications are not well documented as some do not contain a classification, and some do not have any references for the classification.

Both ECHA and the European Commission are aware of this problem as it is an issue which also affects other sectors. It remains unclear whether the inventory will be cleaned as industry suggested, and these issues resolved, before its publication, scheduled for autumn of this year. Nevertheless, ECHA is likely to indicate whether a specific entry was notified by a group of manufacturers/importers (as in the case of CEMBUREAU for Portland cement clinker), in order to give the appropriate weight to the notification.