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80% of products based on essential oils do not comply with the CLP Regulation, according to the DGCCRF

80 % des produits à base d’huiles essentielles non-conformes au Règlement CLP, selon la DGCCRF

On 20 January 2021, the French DGCCRF published the results of its annual chemical control plans for 2018 and 2019. In 2019, one of the product categories targeted was essential oil-based products, which have a particularly high rate of non-compliance. Also in the target were certain environmental or therapeutic claims and unsubstantiated “organic” claims.

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Since 1 January 2015, mixtures of chemicals must be classified, labelled and packaged according to the provisions of the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (the so-called CLP Regulation). Mixtures placed on the market at an earlier date had to be brought into conformity before 1 June 2017. This means that the packaging must not allow any contents to be lost. When they are intended for the general public and for certain hazards, they must include a tactile indication of danger (TID) to warn visually impaired people of the danger of certain chemicals, and/or a safety cap to prevent them from being opened by children. Labels must include the name, address and telephone number of the supplier, the nominal quantity of the product when it is intended for the general public, the product identifier (name of the substance or mixture, indication of certain substances contributing to specific hazards) and information on the hazards of the substance or mixture (pictograms, warning statements, hazard statements and precautionary statements).

The 2018 and 2019 controls

Controls carried out by the DGCCRF in 2018 and 2019 show that the regulations on chemicals are still imperfectly respected. In the specific fields under …

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