Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC)

The hazard labeling in Germany is governed by the Hazardous Substances Regulation. This states that hazardous materials with name, symbol and name, and risk and safety phrases must be marked. An unambiguous assignment of the dangers is only possible via the R -phrases. Hazard symbols alone are the dangers represents only incomplete

The hazard identification of many substances was prescribed to 30 November 2010 within the European Union in Annex I to Directive 67/548/EEC and is standardized and controlled by the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB). Substances and preparations which are not listed in Annex I, have been classified and marked in accordance with this Directive in Annex VI. This mark was the responsibility of the manufacturer or dealer to write a substance to third parties ( marketing ). This could lead to different manufacturers einstuften a same substance differently.

In order to solve this problem and to create uniform labels around the world, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals was introduced that uses new icons. Occur so-called H and P phrases to replace the existing R- and S -phrases. For substances, the new rule is applicable since 1 December 2010 for mixtures from 1 June 2015. There is a transitional period of two years, this only applies to the sale of inventory. The chemical industry makes meantime argued - the appointment had not been observed, so currently still a large percentage of chemical products featured under the old rules - especially by the simultaneous entry into force of the REACH Regulation. The relevant interest groups sought an official toleration for this procedure. Since December 1, 2012 is for materials only the GHS Hazardous Information permitted. Still the R -phrases of this material may be used for the classification of preparations Until 1 June 2015, followed by the EU Dangerous Substances Labelling is of purely historical interest.