he Netherlands 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.
The Netherlands is fully compliant with EU chemical regulations, for more information on the chemical policies in the Netherlands; refer to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. Additional information on labeling and standards can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.
The regulations for industrial and consumer product labels are the same; however the concerns of business and industry may differ. In the Netherlands, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is the official authority on consumer products. Relevant legislation, current news, guidelines and procedural information, with focuses for both business and consumers can be obtained from the Dutch Product Safety Authority. Further, the Hallmark institute can provide very detailed information on consumer labels and certification.
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 Dutch. Hazard text can be provided in additional languages upon request. Marketing text translation can be provided upon request.