Chemical Legislation

Chemical Legislation

The chemical industry supplies raw materials and finished products, which are constantly used in countless areas in manufacturing plants as well as the everyday life of individual consumers. But chemicals are substances that can be very dangerous for humans, animals and the environment if not handled properly. And to ensure that this does not happen there are numerous (inter-)national guidelines and regulations which you have to fulfill before and after a product can be sold on the market. The product has to be successfully submitted to the authorities and many requirements have to be met. And the rules vary widely by product and region.

REACH / CLP


In Europe, the concern for the health of humans and the environment, as well as the idea to promote innovation and competitiveness have led to the REACH regulation: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals. Amongst other things, it describes an authorization procedure at the European agency ECHA. With the authorization chemicals cannot be sold within the EU (plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). In addition, there is another specific directive BPR on biocidal products addressing pest control, disinfectants or preservatives, and more.

One safety feature so to speak are SDS (Safety Data Sheets) under REACH, which ensure the exchange of information along the supply chain. And as with all policies companies must be careful not to miss any new features and updates. Failing that can have far-reaching consequences, for example, for processes such as operation instructions. Also in the CLP (Classification Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) regulation manufacturers and importers in Europe are equally responsible. The regulation stipulates how to classify products, label (e.g. to provide warnings) and safe packaging.

It is easy to see, that chemical legislation has implications for many departments. The Regulatory Affairs department and EHS department are two of them. But even in toxicology there may be developments that affect the work of the Regulatory Affairs Manager. Furthermore, it must be carried out very carefully in production, packaging and delivery. Penalties and audits are carried out nationally in Europe.


Worldwide


Of course, there are also rules beyond the borders of Europe: GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). Here, many countries agreed on universal pictograms, warning symbols and labeling standards and dictate appropriate packaging of chemicals. It is from this guideline, that the European CLP Guideline derives.

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