Consultation on a proposal revising methanol's harmonised classification and labelling now open


ECHA invites interested parties to comment on a new proposal for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) on methanol. The public consultation will be open for 45 days and will end on 13 December 2013.

Helsinki, 29 October 2013 - Italy is proposing to add reproductive toxicity to the existing harmonised classification of methanol. Their proposal is based on the scientific evidence suggesting that methanol has adverse effects on the development of the unborn child. Adoption of the proposal could result in restrictions to the use of methanol in some consumer products.

The CLH report and the dedicated webform to post the comments are available on the ECHA website. The comments received during the public consultation will be regularly published on the ECHA website during the 45-day consultation phase. At the end of the public consultation, ECHA will publish all comments and non-confidential attachments received.

Table 1. The proposed classification and labelling for harmonisation and examples of uses of the substances.

Substance name

EC number

CAS number

Proposed  harmonised classification and labelling

Examples of uses*




Reproductive toxicity – adverse effects on the development of the unborn child.

The primary use for methanol is as a fuel. It is also used for waste water treatment and for producing biodiesel.

Methanol is also used in the production of numerous household products and as a solvent or antifreeze in, for example, paints and paint strippers, carburettor cleaners and car windshield washing fluids.

* Please note that information on uses does not impact the classification and labelling, which is solely based on the intrinsic properties of a substance. Examples of uses are copied from the CLH report.

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