EU sector-specific classification
of specialty chemicals
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matters concerning oils- and fats-related industries.
Registration dossiers submitted to Echa contain
proposals for the classification and labelling
of a substance in accordance with the CLP
Under certain circumstances, the classification of a substance is added to Annex VI of CLP (list of harmonized classification and labelling of certain hazardous substances). Once on
this list, the classification of a substance is then obligatory for
all manufacturers and suppliers who must comply with REACH.
Harmonization of classifications is mostly aimed at substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction, or respiratory sensitising; however, they may also be
determined for other hazard categories.
But what about substances not regulated under REACH?
The registration of polymers, for example, is not required in
the EU, unlike in other countries, such as in China, the United
States and Japan.
How can we be sure that these are also adequately tested
and classified so that there are no risks to human health and
the environment, while keeping down costs to industry?
Addressing this, members of associations such as the
European Committee of Organic Surfactants and their
Intermediates (CESIO) and the European Center of Silicates
(CEES) are developing classification strategies for their respective chemicals.
CESIO CLASSIFICATION OF SURFACTANTS
Surfactants are substances that lower the surface tension
between two liquids, or a liquid and a solid. They can be used
as detergents, emulsifiers, dispersants, or foaming agents.
Surfactants can be classified as polymeric or non-polymeric, or