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Chemicals Legislation

REACH legislation and documents

REACH legal text

Unofficial consolidations

Corrigendum

Amendments

  • Amendments to Annex XIV – Authorisation (146 KB)
  • Amendments to Annex XVII – Restrictions (274 KB)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/863 of 31 May 2016 amending Annexes VII and VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation and acute toxicity.
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/830 of 28 May 2015 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/282 of  20 February 2015 amending Annexes VIII, IX and X to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards the Extended One-Generation Reproductive Toxicity Study (Text with EEA relevance)
  • Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013 of 13 May 2013 adapting certain regulations and decisions in the fields of free movement of goods,......, by reason of the accession of the Republic of Croatia. (the adaptations to REACH are on the page L 158/24)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 253/2011 of 15 March 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XIII.
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 252/2011 of 15 March 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex I.
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 453/2010 of 20 May 2010 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 134/2009 of 16 February 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XI.
  • 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, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 987/2008 of 8 October 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annexes IV and V.
  • The definition of "phase-in substance" contained in Article 3(20) of the REACH Regulation has been amended to take account of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU in January 2007 (Council Regulation (EC) No 1354/2007 of 15 November 2007). The amendment was adopted under the procedure foreseen in Article 56 of the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania.

Implementing legislation

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/266 of 7 December 2015 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation  and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 of 5 January 2016 on joint submission of data and data-sharing in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/864 of 4 June 2015 amending Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). 
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 260/2014 of 24 January 2014 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 254/2013 of 20 March 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 640/2012 of 6 July 2012 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1152/2010 of 8 December 2010 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Decision 2010/226/EU of 20 April 2010 on the re-examination of the restriction concerning short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) listed in Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 761/2009 of 23 July 2009 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 771/2008 of 1 August 2008 laying down the rules on the organisation and procedure of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency.
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 of 3 June 2008.
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 of 16 April 2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). 
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1238/2007 of 23 October 2007 on laying down rules on the qualifications of the members of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency

REACH archives

CLP legislation and documents

The CLP Regulation was published in the Official Journal in 2008 and entered into force on 20 January 2009.

CLP-Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

  • On 20 January 2009 the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures entered into force. It aligns existing EU legislation to the United Nations' Globally Harmonised System (GHS).
  • Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, OJ L 353
  • Unofficial consolidated version 
    • This version consolidates up to the 6th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP), with the exception of one substance in the 5th ATP (CTPHT, applicable as of 1 April 2016), and a table added by the 6th ATP (Annex VI HCL substances, applicable as of 1 January 2016). This consolidated version also includes the ATP on soluble packaging.
  • This new Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging ('CLP Regulation') contributes to the GHS aim that the same hazards will be described and labelled in the same way all around the world. By using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements, it is expected to facilitate trade and to contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals. The new act will complement the REACH Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
  • The CLP Regulation replaced the former rules on classification, labelling and packaging of substances (Directive 67/548/EEC). The date from which substance classification and labelling must be consistent with the new rules is 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June 2015.
    • The old Directives on classification, labelling and packaging, i.e. Council Directive 67/548/EEC and Directive 1999/45/EC, were repealed on 1 June 2015. Mixtures placed on the market before 1 June 2015 in compliance with Directive 1999/45/EC may be sold with the old label until 1 June 2017.
  • Together with the compromise package for the CLP Regulation, the EP and the Council adopted two related acts which adapt further EU acts to the new rules on classification and labelling, Directive 2008/112/EC, OJ L 345
  • The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP; Ex-ECB) has made available the Table 3.1 and 3.2 of Annex VI in excel format for downloading.

Corrigenda

  • Corrigendum to 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, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
  • Table 1.1 in Annex VI regarding hazard classes and category codes and the correlation table (Table 1.1) in Annex VII have been corrected. The corrections vary in the different language versions.

Commission implementing decision on the use of the CLP safeguard clause

  • On May 8, 2015, the Commission authorised the Netherlands to temporarily maintain national measures on the packaging and labelling of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and their refills (Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/744).
  • These measures require that nicotine- containing electronic cigarettes and their refill containers must be childproof, and that refills must have child-resistant fastening. These measures mirror those in Article 20 of Directive 2014/40/EU (Tobacco Products Directive), which will apply from 20 May 2016. Accordingly, the Dutch measures are only authorised until 19 May 2016.

Adaptations to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation

  • First Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EC) No 790/2009 of 10 August 2009 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures;
    • The First Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 enters into force on 25 September 2009. It transfers the 30th and 31st ATPs of Directive 67/548/EEC to the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. A certain period of time is included to allow operators to adapt the labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures to the new classification. Suppliers should apply the harmonised classifications set in the 1st ATP and adapting the labelling and packaging provisions accordingly as of 1 December 2010 at the latest but are allowed to apply those harmonised classifications already before that date;
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 758/2013 of 7 August 2013 correcting Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008;
    • This Commission Regulation corrects errors in the 1st ATP (Commission Regulation (EC) No 790/2009) as regards harmonised classification and labelling.
  • Second Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 286/2011 of 10 March 2011 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
    • The Second Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 enters into force on 19 April 2011. The new rules apply to substances from 1 December 2012 and to mixtures from 1 June 2015, but can be voluntarily applied before those dates. Transitional provisions are foreseen for substances/mixtures already placed on the market.
    • The text incorporates into the CLP the changes introduced by the 3rd revision of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS). It contains, inter alia, new sub-categories for respiratory and skin sensitisation, the revision of the classification criteria for long-term hazards (chronic toxicity) to the aquatic environment, and a new hazard class for substances and mixtures hazardous to the ozone layer and labelling provisions to protect individuals already sensitised to a specific chemical that may elicit a response at very low concentration.
  • Third Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 618/2012 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 10 July 2012) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures;
    • The third Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 enters into force on 31 July 2012. The new rules apply from 1 December 2013 but may be applied voluntarily before that date. The aim is to update the list of substances with harmonised classification and labelling in Part 3 of Annex VI.
  • Fourth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 487/2013 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 1 June 2013) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
    • The Fourth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 entered into force on 21 June 2013. The new rules apply in respect of substances from 1 December 2014 and in respect of mixtures from 1 June 2015, but may be applied voluntarily before these dates.
      Transitional provisions are foreseen for substances/mixtures already placed on the market.
      The text incorporates into the CLP the changes introduced by the 4th revision of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). It contains, inter alia, new hazard categories for chemically unstable gases and non-flammable aerosols and a further rationalisation of precautionary statements. It also implements some labelling derogations;
    • WORKING DOCUMENT on the main text and Annex I of the CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 consolidated version with Regulation (EC) No 487/2013 (4th ATP to CLP) (2 MB); please note that pictogram/icons are not provided. DISCLAIMER: This working document is meant purely as a documentation tool and the institutions do not assume any liability for its contents. Only European Union legislation printed in the paper edition of the Official journal of the European Union is deemed authentic.
  • Fifth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 944/2013 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 261 of 3.10.2013, page 5).
    • The Fifth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 includes, in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation, new or updated harmonised classification and labelling in respect to a number of substances. In addition, the Precautionary Statement P210 is amended to fully align it to the changes under the 5th Revision of the UN GHS.
    • The new rules enter into force on 24 October 2013. The new/updated entries for harmonised classification and labelling of substances shall apply from 1 January 2015 for all entries except for the entry pitch, coal tar, hightemp. (EC Number 266-028-2) for which a longer transition period (until 1 April 2016) is foreseen. The amendment of Annex IV (Precautionary Statement P210) shall apply from 1 December 2014 for substances and from 1 June 2015 for mixtures;
  • Sixth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 605/2014 amending, for the purposes of introducing hazard and precautionary statements in the Croatian language and its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
    • The 6th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 includes new or updated harmonised classification and labelling in respect to a number of substances in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation. Furthermore, following the accession of Croatia to the European Union on 1 July 2013, Croatian translations of all hazard and precautionary statements are introduced in Annexes III and IV to the CLP Regulation (as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 487/2013, listed above);
    • The new rules entered into force on 26 June 2014. The revised language tables including Croatian translations are applicable in respect of substances from 1 December 2014 and in respect of mixtures from 1 June 2015. In accordance with COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/491 of 23 March 2015 amending Regulation (EU) No 605/2014, the new/updated entries for harmonised classification and labelling of substances apply from 1 January 2016.
  • Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation on requirements for labelling and packaging of liquid laundry detergents in soluble packaging for single use
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1297/2014 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 350 of 6.12.2014, page 1);
    • The Commission has adopted a Regulation on additional safety measures for liquid laundry detergents in soluble capsules. The Regulation was triggered by severe incidents of poisoning and eye damage involving infants with this type of products at a significantly higher rate than with conventional laundry detergents. It aims to ensure better protection of the general public and especially young children by imposing a minimum resistance of the soluble capsule, as well as the inclusion of a bittering agent in the soluble film in order to deter children from putting the capsule into their mouth. Furthermore, it requires that the packaging be made less attractive to and more difficult to open for children. In addition, the packaging is to contain a precautionary statement to keep such products out of reach of children
    • The new rules will apply from 1 June 2015. A transitional period until 31 December 2015 applies to products already placed on the market before 1 June 2015
  • Seventh Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/1221 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures;
    • The seventh Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 enters into force on 14 August 2015. The new rules apply for substances and mixtures from 1 January 2017 but may be applied voluntarily before that date. The aim is to update the list of substances with harmonised classification and labelling in Part 3 of Annex VI.
  • Eighth Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation:
    • Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/918 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 156, 14.6.2016, p. 1).
    • The eighth Adaptation to Technical Progress (8th ATP) to the CLP Regulation implements the changes introduced by the fifth revised edition of the United Nations' Globally Harmonised System for the classification and labelling of chemicals (UN GHS). It contains clarifications to the classification criteria for skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation and aerosols, references to a new test method for the classification of oxidising solids, as well as a revision of the list of precautionary statements.
    • The 8th ATP to CLP entered into force on 4 July 2016. The new rules apply from 1 February 2018, but may be applied voluntarily before this date.

Fees regulation

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 440/2010 of 21 May 2010 on the fees payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. More on fees and charges.

Commission review for the harmonisation of information relating to emergency health response (Art. 45 CLP Poison Centres)

  • Article 45(4) of the CLP Regulation requires the Commission to carry out a review by January 2012, to assess the possibility of harmonising the information provided to poison centres for formulating preventive and curative measures in the event of emergency health responses. This work was carried out following the consultation with relevant stakeholders and with the support of the European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicology (EAPCCT). The review can be downloaded here.

Reports

  • The Commission report to the European Parliament and the Council on communication on the safe use of chemicals according to article 34(2) of CLP Regulation is available here.
  • The Commission report on CLP enforcement will be included in the REACH review in accordance with Article 46(2) of the CLP Regulation. Further details are available here (222 KB).

Related downstream legislation

  • Directive 2008/112/EC, OJ L 345 of the European Parliament and of the Council - amending Council Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC and Directives 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC in order to adapt them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
  • Regulation (EC) No 1336/2008, OJ L 354 of the European Parliament and of the Council - amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
  • Directive 2014/27/EU, OJ L 65 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 amending Council Directives 92/58/EEC, 92/85/EEC, 94/33/EC, 98/24/EC and Directive 2004/37/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, in order to align them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixture

Transport legislation

CLP archives

Fertiliser regulations and documents

Current fertiliser legislation

  • Unofficial consolidation of the Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1257/2014 of 24 November 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I and IV
  • The fertilisers working group provides expertise to the Commission in relation to the implementation of the current Fertilisers Regulation as well as on policy orientation. It meets 2 to 3 times per year. All documents discussed in the meetings are published in advance on the dedicated Circabc website called 'fertipub'. Direct access to this website is possible via this link. (If you do not find a list of meetings directly via the link, then please click on the same link again.)

Derogations from current legislation on fertilisers

  • Austria, Finland and Sweden have been granted derogation from Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003, allowing those Member States to prohibit the placing on the market of fertilisers exceeding certain limits of cadmium in relation to their phosphorous content. The derogations apply until harmonised measures on cadmium in fertilisers are applicable at Community level, and are approved by the following Decisions:
  • Austria: Commission Decision 2006/349/EC
  • Finland: Commission Decision 2006/348/EC
  • Sweden: Commission Decision 2006/347/EC

Additional information on current fertiliser legislation

  • Member states approved laboratories (111 kB)
  • Guide on Introduction of a new type of EC fertiliser
    • Guide of 1 December 2008 (73 KB) (updated 3 February 2009) to make a proposal for a new type of EC fertiliser - a guide on the compilation of a technical file on applications to designate a fertiliser as 'EC fertiliser'
    • FAQ (70 kB) on Regulation (EC) N° 2003/2003 relating to fertilisers

Mutual recognition of national fertilisers

Detergents regulations and documents

Current legislation on detergents

Guidance on the implementation of the detergents legislation

These guidance documents are not legally binding. They have been drafted by trade associations. The Commission is not responsible for the content.

  • AISE has produced a guideline to help industry with the implementation of the provisions on the biodegradability of surfactants and on the labelling of detergents under Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • CESIO guideline (164KB) which gives standardised declarations on biodegradability for use on Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to enable surfactant manufacturers to fulfil their responsibilities under Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • AISE/CESIO/ECOSOL/FECC guidelines (381 KB) on the transmission of information for surfactants biodegradability as indicated by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • AISE Wash-Right Website

Reports of the Commission on the implementation of the detergents legislation

Studies

Contact points

Frequently asked questions

Explosives

  • Unofficial consolidation of the Council Directive 93/15/EEC of 5 April 1993 on the harmonisation of the provisions relating to the placing on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses:
  • On 21 November 2011, as part of a package aligning nine product safety Directives to Decision EC No 768/2008 establishing a common framework for the marketing of products, the Commission proposed a recast of the Directive. Following political agreement during the legislative process, on 26 February 2014, the new recast Directive 2014/28/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses was adopted. Member States must transpose Directive 2014/28/EU, by 19 April 2016. Directive 2014/28/EU will apply, as from 20 April 2016 and from that same date, Directive 93/15/EEC will be repealed.
  • Commission Directive 2008/43/EC of 4 April 2008 setting up, pursuant to Council Directive 93/15/EEC, a system for the identification and traceability of explosives for civil uses, amended by Directive 2012/4/EU
  • Unofficial consolidation of the Commission Decision 2004/388/EC
  • Press Release IP/04/570 of 30 April 2004
  • Commission Directive 2004/57/EC of 23 April 2004 on the identification of pyrotechnic articles and certain ammunition for the purposes of Council Directive 93/15/EEC on the harmonisation of the provisions relating to the placing on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses. Directive 2004/57/EC will be repealed by Directive 2014/28/EU with effect from 20 April 2016
  • Questions and answers (124 KB) regarding the implementation of Directive 93/15/EEC
  • Evaluation of Directive 93/15/EEC: Study Report
  • Explosives Security: DG Home Affairs

Contact points

Pyrotechnic articles

Directive 2013/29/EU

  • On 21 November 2011, as part of a package aligning several product safety Directives to Decision EC No 768/2008 establishing a common framework for the marketing of products, the Commission proposed a recast of Directive 2007/23/EC of 23 May 2007 on the placing on the market of pyrotechnic articles.
  • Following political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 22 May 2013, the proposal as revised was adopted by the European Parliament. Directive 2013/29/EU was adopted on 12 June 2013 and became fully applicable on 1 July 2015¹, replacing and repealing Directive 2007/23/EC.
    • ¹Except point 4 of Annex I (essential safety requirements), which had to be transposed by 3 October 2013 and applied from 4 July 2013.

Traceability of pyrotechnic articles

  • On 16 April 2014, Commission Implementing Directive 2014/58/EU was adopted, setting up, pursuant to Directive 2007/23/EC, a system for the traceability of pyrotechnic articles. Member States had to transpose the Implementing Directive by 30 April 2015 and will have to apply it from 17 October 2016.

Harmonised standards

List of notified bodies

  • NANDO database (click on 'Legislation' and then on '2013/29/EU Pyrotechnic articles')

Guidance documents and agreed interpretations of the Forum of Notified Bodies

Drug precursors

European legislation

  • Fighting against diversion of drug precursors contributes to the overall fight against the supply of illegal drugs. Reduction of drug precursor diversion and trafficking is therefore an important objective of the overall EU Drugs Strategy and its EU Action Plan on Drugs. Further information on the European Drug Control policy can be found on the DG Migration and Home Affairs website.
  • At international level, the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, and in particular Article 12 thereof, requires that countries implement measures to control and monitor the legitimate trade in drug precursors as an essential way to prevent at an early stage their diversion. Co-operation between authorities and industry is a key element to the success of this control and monitoring system.
  • At EU level, Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 (managed by the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) and Council Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 (managed by the Directorate General for Taxation and the Customs Union) constitute the legal framework in place implementing Article 12 of the 1988 UN Convention and aims at preventing diversion of drug precursors through close monitoring of their trade both within the EU and between the EU and the rest of the world.
  • Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 lays down harmonised rules for monitoring the intra-Union trade on drug precursors. It strikes a balance between taking the necessary actions to prevent diversion of drug precursors while allowing the legitimate intra-Union trade in these chemical substances without creating unnecessary administrative burdens. Different degrees of control apply to operators depending on the sensitivity of the drug precursors they possess or handle, through a classification of the drug precursors into three categories.
  • Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 lays down rules for the monitoring of trade in drug precursors between the EU and third countries outside the European Union. The purpose of this Regulation is to implement Article 12 of the 1988 UN Convention and to control imports and exports of trade in drug precursors. Further information can be found on the DG Taxation and Customs Union website.
  • The rules for the implementation of the above-mentioned Regulations are contained in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/1011 repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 1277/2005 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1013.
  • A guidance document (52 KB) contains consensual answers to questions of interpretation raised by authorities and/or operators.
  • On 7 January 2010, the Commission adopted a report to the Council and to the European Parliament COM (2009)709 on the implementation and the functioning of the Community legislation on drug precursors prepared pursuant to Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 and to Article 32 of Council Regulation (EC) No 111/2005.
  • The report describes the state of implementation of the Union legislation including the actions undertaken by the Commission, Member States, and industry to facilitate implementation as well as the strengths and weaknesses identified during the evaluation. It also reports the main trends in diversion and diversion attempts of drug precursors. The report finally provides recommendations for better implementation and possible amendments of the legislative framework.

Monitoring

On the basis of the information provided by Member States, every year the Commission has published a report on shipments in drug precursors that have been seized or stopped in the EU, allowing a monitoring of trends in the illegal diversion of drug precursors.

In 2014, the Commission and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) agreed that, as from 2015, the yearly data on seized and stopped shipments of drug precursors would be published as a part of the annual European Drug Report issued by the EMCDDA.

Links

Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

  • Directive 2004/9/EC lays down the obligation of the Member States to designate the authorities responsible for GLP inspections in their territory. It also comprises reporting and internal market (= mutual acceptance of data) requirements. The Directive requires that the OECD Revised Guides for Compliance Monitoring Procedures for GLP and the OECD Guidance for the Conduct of Test Facility Inspections and Study Audits must be followed during laboratory inspections and study audits. Directive 2004/9/EC has replaced Directive 88/320/EEC as of 11 March 2004;
  • Directive 2004/10/EC requires Member States to take all measures necessary to ensure that laboratories carrying out safety studies on chemical products comply with the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice. Directive 2004/10/EC replaces Directive 87/18/EEC;
  • EU sectoral legislation with GLP provisions (566 kB).
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