Chemicals: Commission launches public consultation on revision of central piece of chemicals legislation

The Commission has today launched a public consultation to seek views on the revision of the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (‘CLP Regulation’). The CLP Regulation is the core piece of EU legislation used to identify and communicate the hazardous properties of chemicals. This revision aims to achieve a legitimate higher level of protection of citizens and of the environment against hazardous chemicals. The Commission will examine, among others, different measures and options to introduce new hazard classes such as endocrine disruption as well as persistency, bioaccumulation and toxicity, and corresponding classification criteria. It is also an opportunity to foster substitution of hazardous chemicals by safer ones and to promote EU industry as a global frontrunner in the production and use of safe and sustainable chemicals. This revision was announced in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, adopted by the Commission in October 2020. The public consultation is open for feedback until 15 November 2021. More information is in the news release