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European Commission. GHS Implementation Status in the European Community ICCM Dubai UNITAR Side event 4-6 February 2006 Eva Sandberg European Commission Environment Directorate–General. EU. 25 Member states 2 Acceding countries 2 Candidate countries . Current EU System.

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European commission

European Commission


Statusin the European Community

ICCM Dubai

UNITAR Side event

4-6 February 2006

Eva Sandberg

European Commission

Environment Directorate–General

European commission


25 Member states

2 Acceding countries

2 Candidate countries

Current eu system
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 uses and refers to classification of substances and preparations

Ghs eu implementation
GHS - EU Implementation

European Commission

  • Explanatory memorandum to the amendment to Directive 67/548/EC, 29 October 2003 – 2003/0257(COD):

    • “it is the intention of the Commission to propose the inclusion of the internationally agreed GHS into Community law as soon as possible”

  • and, more specifically:

    • “the Commission will come forward with the necessary proposals for having it adopted at the same time as the final adoption of the REACH legislation”.

Ghs eu implementation issues
GHS – EU Implementation Issues

Responsibilities within Commission

  • Supply and use

    • 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 Modem Regulation etc

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GHS – EU Implementation Issues

Supply and Use


  • Regulation for C&L of substances and mixtures

  • All areas except transport but including C&L of Plant Protection Products and Biocides

Ghs eu activities to date
GHS - EU Activities To Date

  • Technical consultation with EU MS and stakeholders

  • Studies

    • GHS Implementation Study – differences between EU and GHS system


    • Preparation of technical annexes

    • Analysis of the impact of the adoption of the GHS started, final report expected end of March 2006

    • Assessment on possible effects on downstream legislation ongoing

Ghs commission work plan
GHS – Commission work plan

  • Meeting with key stakeholders (MS, industry etc)

    18 November 2005

  • Drafting legal „body text“ by March 2006

  • Drafting technical Annexes by March 2006

  • Public internet consultation approx. end 1.Q. 2006

  • Commission formal proposal approx. Summer 2006

  • Agreement in Parliament and Council end 2006??

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GHS – EU Implementation Issues

  • Are all parts to be implemented, e.g. acute toxicity,

    category 5?

  • How to deal with other optionalities in GHS?

  • How to deal with precautionary statements?

  • How to deal with EU criteria that are not (yet) a part of GHS?

Ghs timing of implementation
GHS – Timing of Implementation

  • Timing

    • Aim: entry into force at same time as REACH

  • Transitional period

    • For workability reason phased approach needed

      • first all substances then mixtures

      • dual system - existing C&L system and GHS system

    • Short or long?