Dangerous Substance Directive

Last updated: March 31, 2018

What Does Dangerous Substance Directive Mean?

The Dangerous Substances Directive governed the classification and use of dangerous substances such as explosives, irritants, carcinogens and mutagenic substances until tt was replaced by the CLP regulation in 2008. The directive covered the packaging, labelling and material safety data sheets required for various types of dangerous substances.

Safeopedia Explains Dangerous Substance Directive

Despite its 2008 replacement with CLP regulations, reference is still made to the Dangerous Substance Directive owing to its long standing application in the EU. CLP regulations are based on and expand on the requirements originally stipulated in the Dangerous Substances Directive. These covered dangerous chemicals as well as mixtures of chemicals (preparations). The Dangerous Preparations Directive was similar to the Dangerous Substances Directive, but did not cover items such as pesticides, medicines, radioactive materials and waste.


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