Regulations affecting all HFCs HFOs and HCFOs

REACH

REACH regulation 2006/1907/EC was adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1 June 2007. Manufacturers and importers of substances in quantities of 1 tonne or more shall submit a registration to the European Chemical Agency. More information about REACH can be found on the ECHA website here.

EFCTC members are involved with the joint work for registration and update of dossiers through the Fluorocarbon REACH Consortium Coordination Group.

Links to the ECHA Substance Information Infocards providing access REACH and C&L data for HFCs, HFOs, HCFOs and HCFCs can be found here.

CLP

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation ((EC) No 1272/2008) is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. CLP is legally binding across the Member States and directly applicable to all industrial sectors. It requires manufacturers, importers or downstream users of substances or mixtures to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. One of the main aims of CLP is to determine whether a substance or mixture displays properties that lead to a hazardous classification. In this context, classification is the starting point for hazard communication.  Further information about CLP can be found here.

C&L Inventory

The notification obligation under CLP requires manufacturers and importers to submit classification and labelling information for the substances they are placing on the market to the C&L Inventory held by ECHA. Links to the ECHA Substance Information Infocards providing access REACH and C&L data for HFCs, HFOs , HCFOs and HCFCs can be found here.