Procedure for changes in classification and labelling

As part of the harmonisation of mutual recognition, the Ctgb has changed the way it uses ‘the latest scientific advances’ for the classification and labelling of products. In case of mutual recognition, this means in principle that the Ctgb uses the labelling that was prepared by the reporting Member State. Authorisation holders are therefore not faced with any surprises.

  • If a harmonised classification for the active substance has been included in Annex VI, part 3 of the CLP Regulation, the Ctgb does not apply the latest scientific advances. This is to ensure that there are no differences between Member States.
  • However, if there is no harmonised classification, or if the classification was enacted before the CLP Regulation took effect (on 20 January 2009), then the Ctgb does apply the latest scientific advances. But this is only the case if no classification has been included in Annex VI part 3 for the corresponding endpoint of the active substance – such as a hazard class.

The Ctgb accounts for the possibility that critical aspects will be disregarded by always including the latest scientific advances in the risk assessment of products.

If the Ctgb performs the risk assessment as Rapporteur Member State, the same policy applies.