Changed classification and labelling of the biocide MIT.
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Changed classification and labelling of the biocide MIT.

On 4 October 2018, the EU Commission published Regulation (EU) 2018/1480 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures for the purpose of adapting it to technical and scientific progress and correcting Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/776.

This includes a new introduction of harmonised classification and labelling of certain substances or an update or deletion of existing classifications and labels. This also affects the biocide 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (MIT). Since 1 May 2020, it is classified as a sensitiser from a very low concentration of 0.0015% (15 ppm) and is therefore subject to labelling with H317 - can cause allergic skin reactions.

MIT is often used for automotive chemicals

MIT is a frequently used preservative that is found in cleaning agents, paints and varnishes, adhesives and technical lubricants, among other things. As a result, chemical products in the automotive sector are also heavily affected. These include, for example, car shampoos, rim cleaners and polishes, as well as interior and leather cleaners. According to Article 30 of the CLP Regulation, in case of more stringent classification and supplementary labelling symbols, the supplier is obliged to update the information on the label without delay, i.e. as soon as reasonably practicable.

Obligations for placing on the market

Marketers face the challenge of promptly updating safety data sheets, labels and product registrations for all affected products after changes in classification and labelling.

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