You are on page 1of 2

11. 3.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 76/85

(98/C 76/175) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2257/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(2 July 1997)

Subject: Dangerous preparations

The Commission has submitted a proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive concerning the
approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the
classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (COM(96) 347 final − 96/0200 COD) (1).

Will the Commission include clear and unambiguous standards for the labelling of plant protection products in
an annex to the directive, as well as making the necessary changes to Directive 91/414/EEC (2), at the latest by the
date on which the current proposal enters into force?

(1) OJ C 283, 26.9.1996, p. 1.


(2) OJ L 230, 19.8.1991, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(4 September 1997)

The proposal for a Parliament and Council directive on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous
preparations only introduces the general principle of labelling of plant protection products. Detailed rules for the
application of the principle of labelling of plant protection products need to be developed in accordance with the
committee procedure of the present Directive. As Directive 78/631/EEC (1) will be repealed as a consequence,
the reference in Directive 91/414/EEC (2) should be replaced with a reference to the proposed directive.

At its first reading the Parliament adopted an amendment to the above-mentioned proposal on inclusion of a
specific chapter for labelling of plant protection products into Annex V of the proposed directive. The
Commission will accept this amendment and include it in its amended proposal for the directive.

The Commission is also working on a modification of Directive 91/414/EEC on the placing of plant protection
products on the market which would bring in line the present proposal on dangerous preparations and Directive
91/414/EEC. The Commission will during the works in Council, insist on harmonisation of that the dates for
entry into force of these two directives.

(1) OJ L 206, 29.7.1978. Directive as last amended by Council Directive 92/32/EEC − OJ L 154, 5.6.1992.
(2) Last amended by Commission Directive 94/79/EC − OJ L 354, 31.12.1994.

(98/C 76/176) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2258/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(2 July 1997)

Subject: Dangerous preparations

The Commission has submitted a proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive concerning the
approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the
classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (COM(96) 347 final − 96/0200 COD) (1).

With regard to the assessment of health risks, will the Commission make it clear that the increases in the allowed
variations apply only in rare cases where the properties of the preparation have been assessed for the first time by
means of tests rather than determined on the basis of components?

(1) OJ C 283, 26.9.1996, p. 1.


C 76/86 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 11. 3. 98

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(5 September 1997)
The proposal for a Parliament and Council directive on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous
preparations, in particular Article 6 paragraph 4, specifies that a new assessment on health hazards is required in
cases where the variation of constituents exceeds the ranges specified in the table of paragraph 4. The table is
applicable in cases where the classification (assessment of health hazards) is based on the method specified in
Article 6 paragraph 1 (b). Paragraph 1 (b) defines the method for assessment of health hazards based on testing in
accordance with Annex V B (test guidelines) to Directive 67/548/EEC on the approximation of laws, regulations
and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances (1).

The Commission is of the opinion that the present text of the proposal already clearly specifies that the table is
applicable only in cases where the health hazards of a preparation of a known composition have been assessed on
the basis of test results.

(1) OJ 196, 16.8.1967.

(98/C 76/177) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2259/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(2 July 1997)

Subject: Dangerous preparations

The Commission has submitted a proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive concerning the
approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the
classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (COM(96) 347 final − 96/0200 COD) (1).

Will the Commission ensure that the date of application coincides with the date of publication in the Official
Journal, with a five-year transitional period?

(1) OJ C 283, 26.9.1996, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(5 September 1997)

Article 24 of the proposal for a Parliament and Council directive on classification, packaging and labelling of
dangerous preparations provides that the directive will enter into force on the third day following its publication
in the Official journal.

The Commission agrees with the Honourable Member that a five year period between the date of adoption and
the date of entry into force is needed for practical reasons to allow enough time both to the authorities of the
Member States as well as to economic operators and, in particular to small and medium size enterprises, to
implement the new requirements such as safety data sheets for non-classified preparations and new labels for
preparations classified as dangerous for the environment, introduced in the above-mentioned proposal. The
Commission's view on this point is clearly reflected in the explanatory memorandum and taken into
consideration in article 23 of the present proposal according to which the implementation must take place by the
year 2003 at the latest.

(98/C 76/178) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2260/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(2 July 1997)

Subject: Dangerous preparations

The Commission has submitted a proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive concerning the
approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the
classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (COM(96) 347 final − 96/0200 COD) (1).