France is a member of the European Union and as such is bound by EU regulations. For pure substances, Austrian labels must be compliant with the EU’s GHS based CLP-regulation No. 1272/2008 – labels created to be compliant with Directive 67/548/EEC have expired. For mixtures, labels can be compliant with either 1272/2008 or with the previous Directive 1999/45/EC.
France is fully compliant with EU chemical regulations, for additional chemical information and policy please refer to Chamber of Commerce and Industry chemical page. Additional information on labeling and standards can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.
While the regulations for consumer and industrial labels are the same, the concerns of consumer and industry may differ. In France both industry and consumers can find useful information on consumer protection laws from the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF). With the DGCCRF you will find relevant legislation, contacts, links and the latest news on consumer protection.
The EU has fully adopted GHS under their CLP Regulation (Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures). The deadline for having new Labels has passed for pure substances – it was November 30, 2010. The deadline for mixtures is May 31, 2015. Not all the building blocks in the United Nations’ Purple Book were adopted by the EU CLP regulation.
All specific hazard text can be provided in French. Hazard text can be provided in additional languages upon request. Marketing text translation can be provided upon request.