Annex VIII: what does it bring to the table?
According to Article 45 of CLP regulation, importers and downstream users who put hazardous mixtures on the market must notify relevant information concerning emergency health response to appointed bodies.
At the moment, this process happens in a different way for each EU Member State, which is an obstacle when placing hazardous mixtures on the market in multiple EU countries.
The publication of Regulation 2017/542 takes the place of CLP Annex VIII with the aim of harmonizing this submission process, as well as the data format, for the whole EU.
Postponement of the first deadline of Annex VIII
The CARACAL (the group of experts supporting ECHA and European Commission in matters related to REACH and CLP) has agreed unanimously to some changes regarding Annex VIII to CLP proposed by the European Commission. The Commission is now proceeding with the adoption of a delegated act, which will postpone the first deadline concerning the harmonized declaration of mixtures intended for consumer use from January 1st 2020 to January 1st 2021. The entry in force of this amendment is expected by the end of 2019.
Other compliance dates, such as the ones for professional and industrial uses, will not be affected by this update.
Future updates during 2020
The European Commission is also progressing with solving some of the issues raised by stakeholders and national authorities about the workability of the notification requirements, such as the effects of high variability in mixture composition due to the natural origin of components and the impact of multiple suppliers of mixture components with the same technical properties and hazards. Another update of Annex VIII is expected during 2020.
Selerant is following the development of this situation with maximum attention and we will keep you updated.
To access Reg. (EU) 2017/542 and draft text of the amendment, please use the following links: