Chemicals: Commission seeks public views on simplification and digitalization of labels

The Commission has launched a public consultation on the simplification and digitalisation of labelling of chemical products such as glues, laundry and dishwashing detergents, fertilising products. Labels accompanying products are the primary means to communicate essential information to users, including hazard and safety information and product use-instructions.

Yet, the Fitness Check of the most relevant chemicals legislation (excluding REACH) and the evaluation of the Detergents Regulation showed that label comprehension and consequently consumer protection can be further improved by avoiding that labels are overloaded with information, which is often technical. The public consultation will gather feedback on experience and opinions from consumers, professional product users, industry, civil society organisations, national authorities and any other interested parties. 

The results will feed into the Commission’s considerations for proposals on a revision of the Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP), and Detergents and Fertilising Products Regulations, expected in 2022. The public consultation is available here and is open until 16 February 2022.

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