Simplifying and digitising labelling requirements
The EC wants to improve information about chemicals.
SW – 12/2021
The EC has launched a public consultation on "Simplifying and digitising labelling
rules" for chemicals. It is seeking the views of stakeholders and citizens
regarding the introduction of digital labelling of many everyday products such
as adhesives, detergents, dishwashing products as well as fertilisers under Regulation (EU) No. 1272/2008, the classifying, labelling
and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) under Regulation (EU) No. 648/2004 covering detergents and Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 that stipulates the rules for
making EU fertiliser products available on the market.
The evaluation of the most relevant
legislation covering chemicals and the regulation covering detergents, i.e.
substances or mixtures containing soaps or other detergents intended for
washing and cleaning processes, would have shown that the understanding of
labelling as well as consumer protection could be improved. The Regulation
(EU) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation
and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH Regulation) was excluded from this
Through a legislative initiative, the EC wants to improve the
communicating of information about chemicals, which should reduce the
negative effects of hazardous chemicals on health and the environment,
as well as making compliance easier, increasing cost-effectiveness and
competitiveness as well as minimising the regulatory burden on the
chemical industry. Simplifying the labelling requirements for some
categories of chemicals and chemical products and digital labelling will
help to realise these objectives.
Back in July 2021, the EC presented a so-called "impact assessment in
the initial phase", which envisaged two options for action: firstly,
simplifying the information by removing or even adding information
(relevant only for the CLP and detergent regulations). Secondly, by
changing the way certain information is currently provided, e.g. moving
from physical labels to digital tools (relevant for the CLP, detergents
and fertiliser regulations).
The EC hopes that this initiative will lead to greater safety for
consumers and product users as well as better health protection.
Significant effects on employment and the labour markets are not
expected, but better communications could improve working conditions,
e.g. through better placement of the product instructions. Further
detailed policy options will be developed in the context of a
comprehensive impact assessment after the relevant data has been
Participation in the consultation is open
until February 16, 2022. According to current planning, the EC will present its
initiative during the fourth quarter of 2022. Further information and the consultation
questionnaire can be found at the following link.