Classification, packaging, labelling obligations, date of classification

General information

Anyone who manufactures, imports or otherwise distributes dangerous products in Austria is required to inform his/herself of the dangerous properties of those products. Using that information, entrepreneurs are required to classify, label and package the products that they market in accordance with their dangerous properties. These obligations serve the purpose of ensuring that users of these products are aware of the dangers they pose. They are also obliged to provide data and information required to establish compliance with these provisions to the chemical inspectors of the federal states.

In addition, importers and downstream users are required to provide information for medical information, especially in emergencies, before placing on the market mixtures that are to be classified as hazardous due to their health or physical effects. From 1.1.2021, a harmonised notification via the European Chemicals Agency is foreseen for mixtures for consumer/commercial use. This requires a harmonised notification according to Annex VIII, which also requires the creation of a unique formulation identifier (UFI). More detailed regulations on the UFI (including labelling) can be found in paragraph 25 (7), paragraph 29 and Annex VIII (section 54 Chemikaliengesetz, paragraph 45 in conjunction with Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation).

Enterprises affected

These rules apply to all natural and legal persons who place or make the chemicals in question available on the market in Austria or use said chemicals in Austria.


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Competent authority

Required documents

Test data and test results

Legal bases

Sections 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2539 paragraph 2, 54 of the Chemikaliengesetz 1996 (ChemG)

Expert information

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 6 March 2023

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