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Chemicals - market restrictions

Limitations Directive for Dangerous Substances and Preparations

In a number of cases the rules for classification, packaging and labelling were insufficient to reduce risks and were supplemented by rules to restrict marketing and use under the Limitations Directive, i.e. Directive 76/769/EEC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations.

Substances falling under the Limitations Directive were listed in the Annex I to that Directive which also specified the restrictions on marketing and use applying in each particular case.

Where a substance was not already listed in Annex I, the name of the substance and the desired limitations on marketing and use were added using proposals to the Council and the Parliament to amend the Directive. Where a substance was listed and a restriction already in place, the amendment to the restriction was done by a Commission Directive adapting the existing limitations to technical progress.


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