In August, the European Commission launched a detailed public consultation questionnaire on the revision of the EU legislation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP). This follows an initial consultation to which MCEC provided comments covering aspects related to the microbial control sector.

The questionnaire addresses important issues linked to the impact of potential new classification criteria on the existing regulatory framework for chemicals. Among these, the proposal to introduce new hazard classes, including the classification of endocrine disruptors, PMT/vPvM (Persistent, Mobile, Toxic/very Persistent, very Mobile substances), PBT/vPvB (Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic/very Persistent, very Bioaccumulative substances) is particularly relevant for MCEC.

It is worth noting that the questionnaire also requests interested submitters to provide an estimation of the impact that new CLP criteria could have on biocidal products. Additional questions focus on the currently debated use of animal testing to derive the correct classification of certain chemicals, as well as the coherence in the labelling framework. Finally, an entire section is dedicated to online sales and compliance of products purchased on the web to ensure a level playing field.

MCEC is working on its contribution to the consultation, which has a deadline of 15 November, in coordination with Cefic.