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Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit

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Role of the Unit

The role of the Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit is to formulate policy on regulating chemicals and includes:

Latest News

European Chemicals Agency consultation on proposal for substance restriction

There is currently a proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in wash-off personal care products (e.g. shampoos, shower gels, soaps etc.) in the EU at concentrations greater than or equal to 0.1% by weight.

Further details are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. Submissions can be made to ECHA before 18th December 2015 at the latest, but preferably before 1st September 2015.

If you have any queries or require assistance the Health and Safety Authority can be contacted at

Chemicals Act (Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2015 and European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) (Revocation) Regulations 2015

European Communities (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) (Revocation) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 196 of 2015)

The European Communities (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) (Revocation) Regulations 2015 were signed into law by Minister Bruton on 14 May 2015.

European Communities (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) (Revocation) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 196 of 2015) (PDF 41KB)

ECHA calls for public consultation on proposed restriction of Methanol in Windshield washer fluids and denatured alcohol

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently considering a proposal to introduce a restriction on the placing on the market for the supply to the general public of windshield washing fluids and denaturated alcohol containing methanol in concentrations equal or greater than 3% by weight.

A restriction report and further details on the proposal are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. The deadline for comments on the restriction report is 18th September 2015.

If you require further assistance you can contact the Health and Safety Authority at

EU Directive 2014/27/EU – “Chemical Handling” Directive

The Chemical Handling Directive amends five EU directives on health and safety at work as a result of the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (i.e. the EU “CLP” Regulation).

The five EU Directives on health and safety at work (listed below) address, among other things, safety issues where chemicals are a feature in the workplace. Accordingly, aspects of each Directive contain technical references from the EU’s “CPL” Directives (i.e. Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC), which are due to be repealed in 2015. (Article 60 of the “CLP” Regulation refers). These five Directives have been amended by the Chemical Handling Directive in order to update the technical references in line with the new EU “CLP” Regulation, otherwise the existing references would become redundant.

The five Directives on health and safety at work amended are:

1. Council Directive 98/24/EC - chemical agents at work,

2. Directive 2004/37/EC - carcinogens or mutagens at work,

3. Council Directive 92/58/EEC - the provision of safety and/or health signs at work,

4. Council Directive 92/85/EEC - the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding,

5. Council Directive 94/33/EC - protection of young people at work.

Other News

For older news please see our Archived Updates and Notifications page.

Useful links

Useful Links and Information:


DG Enterprise and Industry REACH pages

DG Environment REACH pages

Euractiv chemicals policy review

European Chemicals Industry Council (CEFIC)

IBEC and Pharmachemical Ireland REACH pages

Rotterdam Convention

Structure of Unit

Margaret Lawlor

(Assistant Principal)

Cliona Ryan

(Administrative Officer)

Seamus McCarthy

(Clerical Officer)

Last modified: 22/06/2015

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Contact this Unit

Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit,
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Room 400 Davitt House,
Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Fax: 00 353 1 631 3263


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  2. Chemicals Act 2008 (No 13 of 2008) (PDF, 390KB) | An tAcht Ceimiceán 2008 (PDF)
  3. Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act 1998 (No. 43 of 1998) (PDF 63KB)
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