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Labelling Controls begin under new Enforcement Project

ECHA have released the latest update on REACH-EN-FORCE-6 (REF-6), an enforcement project undertaken jointly by the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) and the Forum’s Biocidal Products Regulation Subgroup (BPRS). This is the first enforcement project the BPRS has participated in following being founded in March 2017.

The inspections in EU and EEA Member States, which began in January 2018, will check whether the classification and labelling of a mixture corresponds to the information presented in the safety data sheet for the mixture.

Member states could also include additional modules in their inspections, which cover:

  • Exemptions concerning labelling and packaging requirements
  • The obligation to apply harmonised classification and labelling (CLH)
  • Specific requirements of the CLP Regulation for liquid laundry detergent capsules (LLDCs)
  • The authorisation and labelling of biocidal products.

The REF-6 project, adopted by the Forum at the end of 2016, has a total of 31 European Countries participating. Inspection activities are expected to continue throughout 2018, with a report on the results of the inspections being available in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Tarn Brown, Principal: Hazard Communication Services at Yordas, comments ‘If you are involved in the supply of chemical products at any step in the supply chain, classification and labelling will have impacts on your business. Due to this, it is important to keep up to date with ongoing REF-projects and how the outcomes will impact your business. The REF-6 project may see your SDS targeted so now is a great time to get ahead and ensure all your hazard communication documentation is up to date and consistent with regulatory requirements.

Yordas Group can advise you on Safety Data Sheets (and on extended or eSDS) and a full range of Classification Labelling and Packaging (CLP) requirements so that you can manage your hazard communications across the globe.

Contact our expert team on +44(0)1524 510278 to discuss your requirements, alternatively email