Placing on the market and safe use of chemicals is related to the development of national legislative acts based on the requirements of the European Union Directives. The law of Chemical Substances and Chemical Preparations was adopted on the 1 April, 1998. The law sets general requirements for management of dangerous chemicals and preparations. In compliance with above mentioned law following legislative acts are elaborated:
- „Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 532 „Regulations regarding the Procedures for Industrial Accident Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Measures” (19.07.2005)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 105 „Procedure for Compilation and Submitting Safety Data Sheets on Chemical Substances and Chemical Products” (24.02.2004.)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No.340 „Requirements for handling of biocidal products” (15.04.2003.)
- Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers No.466 “Regulations on Accounting Order of Chemical Substances and Chemical Preparations, and the Data Base” (22.10.2002.)
- Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers No.398 „Regulations on Requirements for Quality of Laboratories Practice and Requirements for Inspections of Laboratories (GLP)” (03.09.2002)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No.340 “Procedure for import, notification and risk assessment of new chemical substances” (06.08.2002)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 107 „Order of Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Chemical Substances and Chemical Products” (12.03.2002.)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No.340 “On necessary education level for persons dealing with chemical substances and chemical products in business activities” (06.03.2001.)
- Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 158 „Regulations On Restrictions and Prohibits for Use and Marketing of Dangerous Chemical Substances and Chemical Products” (25.04.2000.)
With adopting the national law on the 1 April 2003, Latvia has ratified Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International trade. The text of the Convention was adopted on 10 September 1998 by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Convention entered into force on 24 February 2004. Official home page of Convention is: http://www.pic.int
The Commission proposed a new EU regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) on 29 October 2003. REACH is an example of better regulation as it simplifies the EU legislation on chemicals by replacing 40 existing pieces of legislation and creating a single system for all chemicals.
More information about REACH.