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Directive 2008/112/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 amending Council Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC and Directives 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council in order to adapt them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (Text with EEA relevance)

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Directive 2008/112/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

of 16 December 2008

amending Council Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC and Directives 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council in order to adapt them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 95 and Article 175(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(1),

Having consulted the Committee of the Regions,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(2),

Whereas:

(1) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures(3) provides for the harmonisation of the classification and labelling of substances and mixtures within the Community. That Regulation will replace Council Directive 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances(4) as well as Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 1999 concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations(5).

(2) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 builds on the experience with Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC and incorporates the criteria for classification and labelling of substances and mixtures provided for by the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) which has been adopted at the international level, within the structure of the United Nations.

(3) Certain provisions on classification and labelling laid down in Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC also serve for the purpose of application of other Community legislation, such as Council Directive 76/768/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products(6), Council Directive 88/378/EEC of 3 May 1988 on the approximation of laws of the Member States concerning the safety of toys(7), Council Directive 1999/13/EC of 11 March 1999 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations(8), Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on end-of-life vehicles(9), Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)(10) and Directive 2004/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products(11).

(4) The incorporation of the GHS criteria into Community legislation leads to the introduction of new hazard classes and categories only partially corresponding to the classification and labelling arrangements provided for by Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC. An analysis of the potential effects of the transition from the old to the new system of classification and labelling has led to the conclusion that, by adapting the references to the classification criteria in Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 2000/53/EC and 2002/96/EC to the new system introduced by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, the scope of the respective acts should be maintained.

(5) It is also necessary to adapt Directive 76/768/EEC to take into account the adoption of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC(12).

(6) It is appropriate to bring Directive 1999/13/EC into line with the replacement of risk phrase R40 by two new risk phrases R40 and R68 under Directive 67/548/EEC, so as to ensure a correct transition to the hazard statements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

(7) The transition from the criteria for classification contained in Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC should be fully completed on 1 June 2015. Manufacturers of cosmetics, toys, paints, varnishes, vehicle refinishing products, vehicles and electric and electronic equipment are manufacturers, importers or downstream users within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, as are the operators whose activities are covered by Directive 1999/13/EC. All of them should be enabled to design their transition strategy under this Directive in a similar timeframe as under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

(8) In accordance with point 34 of the Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making(13), Member States are encouraged to draw up, for themselves and in the interests of the Community, their own tables illustrating, as far as possible, the correlation between this Directive and the transposition measures, and make them public.

(9) Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC, 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC should be amended accordingly,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

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Opinion of the European Parliament of 3 September 2008 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and Council Decision of 28 November 2008.

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