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EU Legislation

EU legislation in the form of directives, decisions and recommendations.

The list of legislations is divided into the following application areas:

Restrictions on the marketing and use of dangerous substances and preparations

1. Restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations


      Adaptations to technical progress:

Dangerous substances and preparations

1. The classification, packaging and labeling of dangerous substances/preparations

2. Existing and notified substances

  • 793/93 of 23 March 1993 (evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances)
  • 81/437/EEC of 11 May 1981 (EINECS European inventory of existing chemical substances)
  • 85/71/EEC of 21 December 1984 (ELINCS European list of notified chemical substances)

3. Specific information relating to dangerous preparations (Safety Data Sheets)

4. Risk evaluation and risk reduction strategies

  • 1999/721/EC of 12 October 1999 for substances 2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethanol; 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethanol; Alkanes, C10-13, chloro; Benzene, C10-13-alkyl derivatives. 
  • 2001/194/EC of 5 March 2001 for substances diphenylether/pentabromo derivative and cumene. 
  • 2001/838/EC of 7 November 2001 for substances acrylaldehyde; dimethyl sulphate; nonylphenol phenol, 4-nonyl-, branched; tert-butyl methyl ether.

5. Disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated terphenyls (PCB/PCT)

6. Limit values and quality objectives for discharges of certain dangerous substances

7. Export and import of certain dangerous chemicals

8. Protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes

9. Approximation of laws relating to aerosol dispensers

Electric and electronic equipment

See document on WEEE & RoHS

  • 2002/95/EC of 27 January 2003 (RoHS Restrictions on the use of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment)
  • 2002/96/EC of 27 January 2003 (WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Batteries and accumulators containing dangerous substances

      Adaptations to technical progress : 

Greenhouse gas emissions

Ozone layer depletion

Packaging and packaging waste


Plant protection products


For more information see: EUR-Lex