Harmonised classification and labelling current consultations
Comments from parties concerned
Parties concerned are invited to comment on hazard classes open for public consultation. The indicated hazard classes were assessed and concluded by the dossier submitter in their proposal for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of the substance, and are indicated in the Substance Details table below. The CLH public consultation lasts normally for 45 days (unless specified otherwise), at the end of which the comments received are compiled into a list that will be annexed to the opinion of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC). RAC will form an opinion only on the hazard classes that were open for public consultation.
After this public consultation, the parties concerned are encouraged to coordinate their involvement in the RAC opinion-making process with the regular and sector-specific accredited stakeholder organisations. The link to the list of these stakeholders, the working procedure for their participation in the RAC meeting and the relevant agendas are available below. The agendas indicate the substances that are expected to be discussed at indicated RAC meetings.
Identification of parties concerned
Following the public consultation, ECHA may request some further clarifications and may contact the commenting parties in order to discuss specific issues related to the CLH proposal of the substance. Parties concerned are therefore encouraged to provide their contact details in the public consultation comments webform, if they allow contact in the future.
Comments during public consultation
Comments can be submitted on general issues, for example on substance identification, physicochemical properties and data sources. Comments can also be submitted on any unclarities in the text of the CLH dossier. The text of the CLH report will not be updated following the public consultation but the comments will be reflected by the dossier submitter in their response to comments.
Comments on hazard classes
Hazard class related comments can only be given on the hazard classes that are open for commenting during the public consultation in question. These comments can be related to the classification itself, the information considered in the proposal, or the justification of the conclusions. Comments supporting the proposed classification are also encouraged. Additional relevant data can also be submitted related to the open hazard classes for comments. RAC may consider another category more appropriate for the classification of the substance after having examined the available information.
An exhaustive list of hazard classes that are open for comments are indicated in the substance details view below.
Publication of the outcome of the CLH process
An opinion on the CLH proposal has to be adopted by RAC within 18 months from the receipt of the proposal by ECHA (Article 37(4) CLP Regulation). The RAC opinion and its annexes (the background document and the response to comments table (RCOM)) are published on the ECHA website once the opinion is adopted. The background document is based on the CLH report in which RAC evaluations are inserted. The RCOM contains the compiled comments received during the public consultation and the responses by the dossier submitter and RAC.
ECHA forwards the RAC opinion and its annexes to the Commission. If the Commission finds that the CLH is appropriate, it submits a draft decision concerning the inclusion of that substance in Part 3 of Annex VI to the CLP Regulation (Article 37(5) CLP Regulation).
Following the inclusion of the substance in Part 3 of Annex VI to the CLP Regulation, all manufacturers, importers and downstream users of the substance in the EU must classify the substance in accordance with the entry in Annex VI (Article 4(3) CLP Regulation). Hazard classes not included in the Annex VI entry must be self-classified and labelled accordingly. The Classification and Labelling Inventory contains the harmonised classification and labelling and also the substances self-classified and labelled by the industry.
The comments and non-confidential attachments received during the public consultation will be published on the ECHA website.
However, any submitted confidential information will only be made available to the Member State Competent Authority submitting the CLH dossier, ECHA, its Committees and the European Commission. If the dossier submitter is a manufacturer, importer or downstream user, confidential information will not be provided to them.