Chemicals policy and biocides
While issues that can be solved using one particular measure are beginning to fade into the background, more complex issues requiring the implementation of numerous measures over the long-term have become increasingly common. The following articles highlight the ways in which Austria fulfills its role as a driving force in international environmental protection in the field of chemicals policy, as well as reporting on both activities and initiatives launched within Austria on the regional Level.
Company certification for the handling of fluorinated greenhouse gases
Under current EU law (Regulation (EU) No 517/2014, including implementing regulations), certain work on refrigeration and air conditioning installations as well as heat pumps may only be carried out by certified personnel and certified companies. The certification of a company is only possible if the company employs one or more certified persons.
Certification of companies that perform certain services related to fluorinated greenhouse gases
• General description
• Affected companies
• Competent authority
Hazard pictograms for chemicals
After 1 June 2017, all products containing hazardous substances must carry labels with the red-and-white GHS pictograms. You can download all hazard pictograms here.
Information about the RAPEX Method
Due to the RAPEX system for rapid information exchange, which is itself based on the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, there were just 72 cases in Austria, where measures involving the monitoring of products was implemented, in 2015.
REACH – Substances of Very High Concern
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decides on the entry of a substance into the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern according to Articles 57 and 58 of the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
On the creation of REACH (2006)
The EU Parliament and the Council have now concluded an unparalleled three-year process of law formation by way of their agreement that provides for the registration of some 30,000 substances in a database.
The REACH Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006 concerns the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals.
Austrian REACH Helpdesk
To provide assistance to all those involved in the REACH process, a REACH Helpdesk was established by the Federal Environment Agency on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment.
REACH and CLP – Submission of Austrian dossiers
Each Member State, subject to authorization, has the right to file proposals for the following: identifying Substances of Very High Concern, placing restrictions on these substances, and implementing a uniform classification scheme on all substances.
On 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on a global scale.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) entered into force on 17 May 2004. POPs are a group of chemicals prone to incorporating into fatty tissue.
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade entered into force on 24 February 2004.
Austrian Nanotechnology Action Plan
What is the best way for Austria to harness the opportunities in nanotechnology to develop new environmental and energy technology, new resource-saving products, or even to provide significant benefits for small- or medium-sized Enterprises?
Today's European legislation on chemicals is primarily shaped by the current EU regulations. Here is an overview:
SAICM - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020
The overall objective of SAICM is to achieve the responsible management of chemicals such that, by 2020, chemicals are both produced and used in ways that minimize the adverse effects on human health and the Environment.