Chemical testing, labelling rules overhauled

New rules which amend the existing EC regime for the testing and notification of new chemicals have finally been published.1 The legislation also introduces new requirements on risk assessment, safety data sheets and the use of animals in testing of chemicals, and will oblige companies to use a controversial new symbol on packaging where chemicals are classified as dangerous to the environment.

The legislation takes the form of a seventh amendment of the 1967 Directive on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances. Its predecessor, the 1979 "Sixth Amendment", imposed a new duty on chemical manufacturers and importers to carry out specified tests on new substances and to notify the results to the authorities before they were first placed on the market, and it is principally this regime which is modified by the

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