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1 1. European Commission GHS Implementation Status in the European Community FORUM V Budapest UNITAR Side event 27 September 2006 Wolfgang Hehn European Commission Enterprise Directorate–General

2 2. EU 25 Member states 2 Acceding countries 2 Candidate countries more than 20 languages

3 3. Current EU System The current EU system on classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals has been developed over the last 40 years and is set out in three key instruments  the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC);  the Dangerous Preparations (i.e. mixtures of chemicals) Directive (1999/45/EC);  the Safety Data Sheet Directive (91/155/EEC) Many other pieces of legislation use and refer to classification of substances and preparations

4 4. GHS / EU current system – similar framework – different elements The GHS is similar to the current EU system:  It provides one single system for hazard classification and labelling  It covers approximately the same hazards  It often uses similar or equal classification criteria  It sets up an equivalent system of hazard communication The GHS is different to the current EU system:  It sets criteria for both transport and supply and use  It defines further hazard classes and categories  It uses partly other criteria and other cut-offs  It uses a different approach for mixtures  It changes some labelling elements

5 5. GHS – EU Implementation Issues Responsibilities for the preparation of legislation within Commission  Supply and use of dangerous substances and preparations  Shared responsible for drafting the legislative proposal DG ENTERPRISE and ENVIRONMENT with support of the JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE  Transport  DG TREN responsible for implementing in transport, in the framework of the Directives on the transport of Dangerous Goods, to be updated in 2007 and 2009, based on UN/ECE Model Regulation etc

6 6. GHS – EU Implementation Issues Envisaged Regulation covering Supply and Use Scope  Regulation for C&L of substances and mixtures  All areas except transport but including C&L of Plant Protection Products and Biocides Regulatory Instrument  Self standing regulation based on Art. 95 of the EU Treaty (internal market)

7 7. GHS – Timing of Implementation  Transitional period  For workability reason phased approach needed  First all substances then mixtures  3 years for substances in line with the notification requirements to the C&L Inventory under REACH  Plus additional 4/5 years for mixtures  Dual system - existing C&L system and GHS system  Repeal of Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC at the end of the transitional period

8 8. GHS – Public Internet Consultation on draft legislative proposal  Consultation 21 August till 21 October  Questionnaire to stakeholders on draft proposal  Consultation documents:  Draft regulation implementing the GHS  Consultant‘s analysis of the impact of the adoption of the GHS  Note on optimal length of the transitional period  Analysis of the potential effects on EU downstream legislation  Background documents:  Technical support for the preparation of the Annexes  Glossary

9 9. GHS – Commission work plan  Public internet consultation 21 Aug. – 21 Oct  Inter-Service Consultation app. Nov  Commission formal proposal app. late 2006  Agreement in Parliament and Council 2007?

10 10. European Commission


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