New year's update for Norwegian chemicals

Further harmonisation achieved under EU classification, packaging, labelling directive

From the new year, Norway has updated its regulations on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous chemicals, confirming further harmonisation with EU-wide classifications.

Norwegian labelling requirements now remain tougher than those across the EU for only 12 substances out of 2,982 on the list, compared with about 100 before, according to the country's pollution control agency (SFT). Even these remaining differences will have to be ironed out over the next two years in talks between all members of the European economic area, which includes Norway.

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