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Classification labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures aligns previous EU legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals to the GHS (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).

Article 8 (generating new information on substances and mixtures):

Article 8.4 requires that where the manufacturer, importer or downstream user carries out new ecotoxicological or toxicological tests and analyses, these shall be carried out in compliance with Article 13(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), which establishes that ecotoxicological and toxicological tests and analyses shall be carried out in compliance with the principles of good laboratory practice.

Article 8.5 requires that where new tests for physical hazards are carried out for the purposes of this Regulation, they shall be carried out, at the latest from 1 January 2014, in compliance with a relevant recognised quality system or by laboratories complying with a relevant recognised standard. This standard is ISO 17025, but the words 'at least' imply that GLP can also be used.

The EU receiving authority for Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 is the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Further information can be found on the European Commission's website for Directorate General Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR).

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