Aerosol regulations and labelling are changing, the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association told the annual meeting of its Retail Liaison Group.
The Group heard in particular how the Aerosol Dispenser Directive 2013/10/EU amends Directive 75/324/EEC to align with labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
It will come into force gradually with the first stage in the process beginning on 19th March 2014 for a phased scheme ending in June 2017.
Retailers were also advised that new CLP guidance has been published to help companies manage the transition to the new CLP labelling system.
Range of topics
This year’s meeting highlighted topics that are of strong interest to retailers including counterfeiting, Aerosol Dispenser Directive (ADD), The European Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) including labelling changes plus guidance on warehousing & handling requirements.
The BAMA Retail Liaison Group consists of technical representatives from many of the UK’s major retailers including several of the largest grocery, pharmacy and DIY retail chains.
The network enables retailers to be informed by experts in the aerosol sector of new regulatory changes and to also discuss any concerns they may have.
BAMA is one of the few technical trade associations to offer this kind of service to retailers. The Association claims it is welcomed as a valuable way of keeping informed and learning about the key regulatory and scientific changes to the sector.
New postal regulations
The rules have also changed regarding aerosols being sent by post within the UK.
The Royal Mail has issued revised Guidance on their terms and conditions. It includes changes to aerosols that may be sent in the post to UK destinations.
There are two changes:
• The maximum size of aerosols sent by post has increased from 350ml to 500ml;
• The permitted aerosols are Toiletries and Medicinal; previously the specified categories were ‘deodorants, body sprays, hair sprays, shaving and hair removal creams, asthma inhalers, etc’.
These new rules are effective now and will include aerosols posted by private customers as well as by business customers.