EP vote on Classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations:
- extracts from the vote on the report Eija-Riitta KORHOLA (EPP, FI)
Première transmission: 16/01/2013
Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
Fin de production: 16/01/2013
MEPs voted today on a report by Eija-Riitta KORHOLA (EPP, FI) on the Classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations. Two key pieces of EU legislation aim at achieving a high level of protection of human health and the environment from chemicals by requiring the producers of chemicals: to identify the intrinsic hazards of the chemicals they manufacture or import (i.e. to "classify" chemicals according to their dangers such as flammability, toxicity, carcinogenicity) and to label these chemicals according to strict rules (i.e. warnings about the dangers and safety advice). What is more, it aims to package them safely.
The Directive 67/548/EEC (Dangerous Substances Directive) sets out harmonised EU rules for classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous chemical substances. The European chemicals industry manufactures use a large number of different chemical products. 90-95% of all chemicals on the European market are preparations - i.e. mixtures of chemical substances. Whereas the majority of these chemicals are of low concern for human health or the environment, some of them do have properties which are hazardous to human health and/or the environment.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg
||EP Vice President Edward McMILLAN-SCOTT opens the vote on the report by Eija-Riitta KORHOLA (EPP, FI) on Classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations.
||Vote results, the report is adopted by 671 votes in favour with 16 votes against and 10 abstentions.