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CLP: the Council of Europe grants a reprieve to MOCS

CLP : le Conseil de l'Europe accorde un sursis aux MOCS

On 30 June, the Council of Europe adopted its negotiating position on the proposed revision of the CLP Regulation. A number of amendments have been made, notably concerning the classification of substances composed of several constituents, also known as “More than One Constituent Substances” (MOCS).

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The European Commission’s proposal to revise the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (known as the CLP Regulation) included new classification rules for multi-constituent substances (including essential oils or plant extracts). The principle was that if a constituent of a substance was classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic or endocrine disrupting, this classification would apply to the substance as a whole, even if data showed that these properties were absent or less severe for the substance.
On this point, the Council “invited” the Commission to draw up a report four years after the entry into force of the CLP Regulation on these substances, possibly accompanied by a new legislative proposal.

Good news for the industry

This means a reprieve of at least four years, during which the classification rules for MOCS will remain the same as at present.
In a joint press release, Cosmetics Europe and IFRA expressed their satisfaction.

“The natural fragrance ingredients used in perfumes, cosmetics, and personal and homecare products are not deliberate ‘mixtures’ - they are substances that occur naturally. These can have hundreds of constituents depending on the geographical origin of the plant, climate conditions, and so on,” said Aurélie Perrichet, Regional …

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