Petroleum Products

One of the key areas of Concawe’s traditional activities is to monitor developments in the area of chemicals legislation that affect the Concawe inventory of petroleum substances. In the past, these included, among others, the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD), the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) and the Existing Substances Regulation (ESR).

With the entry into force on 1 June 2007 of the Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the framework of EU chemical legislation experienced a very significant change. Under REACH, the responsibility for undertaking the health and environmental hazard and risk assessment of substances has been shifted from the authorities to industry (the so-called new REACH paradigm). Recognizing these challenges, Concawe voluntarily undertook a programme of risk assessment of petroleum substances, including development of risk assessment methodologies to address the shift in responsibilities. These risk assessments formed the basis for the dossiers required for registration under REACH. Furthermore, Concawe has taken the role of SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) Formation Facilitator, to ensure a consistent approach to registration of petroleum substances under REACH. The registration dossiers are offered via licensing agreements to non-members or importers who also face the obligation to register petroleum substances under REACH.

For many years Concawe has provided recommendations for the health and environmental classification and labelling of petroleum substances in accordance with existing legislation. These recommendations are published as Concawe reports and updated as new information becomes available or the legislation is amended or changed.

The EU Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP), came into force on 20 January 2009 and aligns previous EU legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals to the GHS (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).The work done by Concawe on risk assessments of petroleum substances has provided the basis for the (re-)classification of petroleum substances under CLP. The revised classifications have been compiled in updated versions of the Concawe classification and labelling report.

Additional information on REACH can be found here.

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