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PR(07)11: Iceland fails to implement certain rules relating to the classification, labelling and packaging of dangerous substances


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to fully implement Directive 2004/73/EC relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances.

Iceland should have fully implemented the Directive no later than 31 October 2005.

The provisions which have not yet been implemented in Iceland relate to the methods for the determination of the physico-chemical properties, toxicity and ecotoxicity of substances and preparations.

Issuing a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could take the matter to court if  Iceland fails to produce a satisfactory reply within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Ketil Rykhus
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0) 476 98 32 90

12 April 2007


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