COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of 11.3.2021 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
1. This Explanatory Memorandum relates to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) of 11.3.2021 (the delegated act) amending for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation). The delegated act that makes technical and scientific changes to the CLP Regulation by adding new or revised harmonised classifications for hazardous chemical substances or by removing them from Part 3 of Annex VI of the CLP Regulation.
2. The CLP Regulation is a directly acting European Union (EU) Single Market Regulation that has applied to the supply of chemicals (substances and mixtures) in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) since January 2009. The CLP Regulation requires suppliers to classify and label their chemicals in accordance with an internationally agreed system, the UN Globally Harmonized System of the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) and to package them safely before they place them on the market. These requirements apply throughout the supply chain down to the point of use and ensure that workers, professional users, and consumers are given important hazard information about chemicals so that they can be supplied, handled, and used safely.
3. Harmonised classifications are legally binding mandatory minimum classifications for substances that create a level playing field in Europe/EEA for the supply of chemicals. Harmonised classifications are set out in Part 3 of Annex VI to the CLP Regulation. Suppliers established in the EU/EEA that is, manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of substances and mixtures, must use the same harmonised classification and labelling for substances for some hazard classes.
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