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25.07.2018

35 session of Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized


Geneva, Switzerland, Palace of Nations
4-6 July 2018

The Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals held its thirty-fifth session from 4 to 6 July, 2018. A notable moment of the meeting was the release of the seventh revised edition of the GHS in the Russian language, which is available on the United Nations website.

Following main topics were discussed on the 35th session:
  • 1. Inclusion of an additional concept - "chemical products under pressure" in chapter 2.3 "Aerosols";
  • 2. Use of the UN Manual on Tests and Criteria in the context of the GHS;
  • 3. Updating of references to ISO 10156;
  • 4. Incorporation of a reference to the revised OECD Test Guideline 431, which results in the classification of products in subclasses for damaging (necrotic) effects on the skin;
  • 5. A possibility of creating guidelines for the elimination of a number of combinations due to the physical and chemical properties of chemical products ;
  • 6. Review of Chapter 2.1 "Explosives»;
  • 7. Use of non-animal testing methods (alternative research methods), for classification of GHS hazards;
  • 8. Labelling of small packagings;
  • 9. Improvement of annexes 1 to 3 and further rationalization of precautionary statements;

The main issues under discussion for the Russian Federation were the revision of Chapter 2.1 of the GHS. It was initiated in 2012, when Australia raised the issue of the classification of explosive chemical products, which does not involve transportation (it is used exclusively within the enterprise) and, accordingly, is not packaged for transport purposes. Currently, such products on the GHS cannot be classified, because the criteria are directly correlated with transport packaging. Therefore, it is necessary to refine (revise and supplement) the existing criteria.

The main issues under discussion for the Russian Federation were the revision of Chapter 2.1 of the GHS. It was initiated in 2012, when Australia raised the issue of the classification of explosive chemical products, which does not involve transportation (it is used exclusively within the enterprise) and, accordingly, is not packaged for transport purposes. Currently, such products on the GHS cannot be classified, because the criteria are directly correlated with transport packaging. Therefore, it is necessary to refine (revise and supplement) the existing criteria.

Useful resources::
https://www.unece.org/info/ece-homepage.html

Documents:
https://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4age.html


https://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4age.html

Representatives of Coordinating Informational Center of CIS Member States on approximation of regulatory practices:
Dryzhinina Natalya,
Tkacheva Daria