2009/424/EC: Commission Decision of 28 May 2009 amending, for the purpose of adapting to technical progress, Annex I to Council Directive 76/769/EEC as regards restrictions on the marketing and use of lamp oils and grill lighter fluids (notified under document number C(2009) 4020) (Text with EEA relevance)

Published date04 June 2009
Official Gazette PublicationOfficial Journal of the European Union, L 138, 04 June 2009
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4.6.2009 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 138/8

COMMISSION DECISION

of 28 May 2009

amending, for the purpose of adapting to technical progress, Annex I to Council Directive 76/769/EEC as regards restrictions on the marketing and use of lamp oils and grill lighter fluids

(notified under document number C(2009) 4020)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2009/424/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 76/769/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the restrictions on the marketing and use of dangerous substances and preparations (1), and in particular Article 2a thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Since 1 July 2000 Directive 76/769/EEC restricts the sale to consumers of coloured and scented oils presenting an aspiration hazard for use in decorative lamps and labelled with the risk phrase R65.
(2) Although Council Directive 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances (2) and Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 1999 concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations (3) provide that containers of grill lighter fluids and lamp oils, labelled with R65, have to be fitted with child-resistant fastening, accidents still occur as containers are either not closed properly, or the substance has been transferred from large original containers to smaller containers without child-resistant fastenings.
(3) According to data provided by national authorities, it has become apparent that the unscented and uncoloured lamp oils and grill lighter fluids, labelled R65, pose a risk to human health, and specifically to the health of young children, when ingested, causing breathing disturbances and disorders of the respiratory tract.
(4) It is therefore necessary to strengthen current provisions on lamp oils used in decorative lamps and to ensure that substances and mixtures sold as grill lighter fluids intended for supply to the general public are appropriately labelled.
(5) In order to minimise accidental ingestion by small children, packaging requirements should be introduced to make lamp oils and grill lighter fluids less likely to attract or arouse the curiosity of children and to avoid that these products are mistaken for drinks. The size of the container should also be limited to minimise accidents linked to the transfer from original containers to smaller containers without child-resistant fastenings or appropriate labelling.
(6) A European Standard for the design of safe decorative lamps was adopted in September 2002 in order to minimise the possibility of small children having access to the oils used in decorative oil lamps (EN 14059). This standard provides a presumption of conformity to Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety (4). Consumer protection has to be strengthened by requiring compliance with this standard.
(7) The restrictions on marketing and use laid down by this Decision take into account the current state of knowledge regarding safer alternatives. Member States should periodically report to the Commission on development of alternatives in order to facilitate a review by the European Chemicals Agency. The Agency should assess, on the basis of the effectiveness of the proposed measures to protect child safety, whether it is necessary to adopt additional measures and ban the use of grill lighter fluids and fuel for decorative lamps. For this purpose, the Agency will take into account the requirements of Annex XV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the
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