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GHS implementation milestones (transport and supply and use sectors):

For transport of dangerous goods

Directive 2008/68/EC applies to the transport of dangerous goods by road, by rail or by inland waterways within or between EU Member States. It makes direct reference to the relevant legal instruments implementing the provisions of the UN Model Regulations on the transport of Dangerous Goods by road, rail and inland waterways (i.e.: the European Agreement on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by road (ADR) and by inland waterways (ADN) and the Regulation concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by rail (RID)).

The Directive entered into force on 20 October 2008. Following its adoption, the following directives were repealed:

Directives 94/55/EC and 96/49/EC (as amended) on the transport of dangerous goods; Directives 96/35/EC and 2000/18/EC on dangerous goods safety advisers; and

Commission Decisions 2005/263/EC and 2005/180/EC (as amended) on national derogations from Directives 94/55/EC and 96/49/EC.

Supply and use sectors:

Implemented since 20 January 2009 (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (hereafter referred to as “the CLP Regulation”)

The CLP regulation defines a transitional period during which both the current legislation and the new Regulation will be in place. It stipulates that after entry into force, the deadline for reclassification of substances is 30 November 2010 and 31 May 2015 for mixtures. The Directives on classification, labelling and packaging, i.e. Council Directive 67/48/EEC and Directive 1999/45/EC, will be definitively repealed on 1 June 2015.

Guidance and additional information

Guidance (both for industry and authorities use) on how to apply the provisions of the CLP Regulation is now available at the European Chemicals Agency website.

Directive 2008/112/EC and Regulation (EC) 1336/2008 implement the GHS in the following areas by amending the Directives listed hereafter:

* Council Directive 76/768/EEC (cosmetic products);

* Council Directive 88/378/EEC (safety of toys);

* Council Directive 1999/13/EC (limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations);

* Directive 200/53/EC (end-of-life vehicles);

* Directive 2002/96/EC (waste electrical and electronic equipment); and

* Directive 2004/42/EC (limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products);

* Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 (detergents)