Published the 16th ATP of the CLP regulation

On April 20 it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2021/643 of 3 February 2021, which is equivalent to the 16th adaptation to technical and scientific progress, by modifying part 1 of Annex VI of the CLP Regulation (CE) on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

In its initial remarks, the Commission explains that the amendment has been carried out at the request of some Member States and stakeholders, which have requested that a number of the notes set out in subsection 1.1.3 of Part 1 of Annex VI to CLP be amended alluding to the fact that they were vague and generated a degree of uncertainty that did not allow the correct interpretation of legal obligations.

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Member States decisions in relation to implementation of Annex VIII to CLP Regulation: updated document

Annex VIII harmonized poison centre notifications (PCN) was first implemented from January 1, 2021, for consumer and professional users. Importers, downstream users and distributors placing hazardous mixtures on the European markets must notify the ingredients in those mixtures classified as hazardous for physical or health effects.

This requirement is not new, it has existed for years, but before Annex VIII, each Member State managed its own system and established their own requirements, which varied on the type of information provided, the mechanism of notification, the language or the formats. Annex VIII introduced a new harmonized format for notifications.

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Canada proposes to align its hazardous products regulation with GHS, 7th revised edition

Adopting the seventh revised edition of the GHS would provide increased worker health and safety benefits and worker protections and to comply with the Canada – United States Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s national hazard communication standard with regard to workplace hazardous products. The key elements of the system are: hazard classification, cautionary labelling of containers, the provision of safety data sheets, and worker education and training programs. It requires suppliers of hazardous products intended for use, handling or storage in Canadian workplaces to classify and provide hazard information through labels and safety data sheets.

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SVHC Roadmap 2020: a comprehensive analysis of its achievements

The roadmap, set up to identify and include all relevant Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in the Candidate List by 2020, has just published an analysis of its main achievements and extended aims

In 2013 the European Chemicals Agency ECHA joined forces with Members State authorities and the European Commission to create the SVHC Roadmap 2020. Its objective? To identify substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and put measures in place to manage their risks..

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The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS or HAZCom) aligns with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances (GHS) (revision 7)

New standard to align the HCS with the GHS

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues a proposed rule to update the current standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor has just issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Hazard Communication Standard - HCS (§ 1910.1200).

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New EU safety data sheet requirements: Transition period confirmed

SDS compiled in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 can continue to be used until 31 December 2022

The European Chemicals Agency ECHA published last December 2020 the fourth version of its Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets according to the new harmonized notification system, which entered into force last January 1, 2021. The document aims to help users comply with their obligations under the REACH Regulation, and the main novelty introduced in the latest version is that the transition period in the application of the new Regulation (EU) 2020/878 is officially confirmed, as stated in section 1.3.:

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