New labelling regime to 'cost industry millions'

27 February 2008 14:28  [Source: ICIS news]

COLOGNE (ICIS news)--The UN’s Global Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals could cost the European detergents and cleaning products industry €400m ($600m) a year, said an industry representative on Wednesday.


The implementation costs of GHS should not be allowed to get out of hand if the net benefits of the move were to be felt in the foreseeable future, said Dr Bernd Glassl of  IKW - the German industry association - at the Detergents and Cleanings Products Conference here.

The GHS regulation is expected to be adopted in the EU in 2008, with compliance for substances expected in 2010 and for mixtures due in 2015.

Formal changes to labelling include using the terms “danger” and “warning” on containers, together with new pictures to illustrate hazardous substances.


The conference, organised by educational institute Akademie Fresenius, concludes on Thursday.


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By: Elaine Burridge
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