A main objective of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. As our understanding of the impact of substances and mixtures increases, the need to adjust the content of the CLP regulation also increases to ensure that it reflects current technical and scientific progress.
The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) has a commitment to introduce new hazard classes into CLP to protect humans from the most harmful chemicals and to help achieve the target of zero chemical pollution in the environment. A public consultation took place regarding the addition of new classifications for endocrine disrupting properties, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT/vPvB) and persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT/vPvM) properties.
The introduction of the new hazard classes will bring a significant proportion of chemicals on the market under new regulatory scrutiny and extend the responsibility for carrying out extended regulatory assessments to many more organisations in the supply chain. Where these new classifications apply there will also be a need to update your safety data sheets (SDS), Labels, Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossiers and poison centre notifications.
How can you achieve regulatory compliance in 2023 and maintain access to your key markets in 2023?
If you trade in either EU, UK or both, it is very likely that you and your customers will be affected as well-known regulations such as REACH and CLP change. Join us for a free webinar on 8 November, 2PM GMT, where our regulatory experts will discuss the key changes including CSS, EU and UK REACH, PMT/PBT substances, poison centres and REACH Annex II.
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How can NCEC support?
Identifying which substances in your supply chain will be impacted by these changes is likely to be a challenge for many organisations.
NCEC’s horizon scanning tool can help to relieve the burden of this changing situation. It performs a substance inventory check and identifies whether your substances appear on any global regulatory lists. It provides the results in a clear, easy-to-read report, where you can quickly determine the most recent status of your substances.
The tool determines what your obligations are and what substances need alteration before further use, allowing you to make strategic decisions sooner. This also means you are less likely to miss any important actions that result in non-compliance, protecting not only your reputation, but also helping you to future-proof your product portfolio.
NCEC’s environmental chemistry and toxicology team have extensive experience with the standard and non-standard approaches to assess physicochemical, toxicological and environmental fate endpoints. We have the knowledge and experience to help you to navigate these proposed, highly complex, assessment requirements. You can find our entire range of chemical hazard and risk assessment services here.
We are already supporting our customers with all aspects of EU and UK REACH registration including Only Representative support. We can also assist with dossier preparation to make sure that all the information within them is permissible under REACH. We also offer full SDS authoring and compliance checks as well as a poison centre notification service.
We recently published a report as part of a series produced for the Cefic Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI) ECO52 project: Expanding the conceptual principles and applicability domain of persistence screening and prioritization frameworks, including single constituents, polymers, and UVCBs. The report presents background to the regulatory persistence assessment, including concepts, history and recent developments. It also has guidance for addressing key sources of variability including environmental and experimental factors, with particular focus on bioavailability, the sediment compartment, and environmental realism, as well as a framework for improving the use of weight of evidence in these assessments. You can access the ECO52 project page with all reports here.
Our experts offer bespoke consultancy to help advise the next steps for your organisation helping you navigate the constantly changing regulatory landscape. Please get in touch using the contact us form on the right for more information on how we can help you to stay compliant and minimise the risks of increased costs and business disruption giving you peace of mind.