A harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) report was submitted to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) few months back that aimed at classifying Propylene Glycol under the category: Specific Target Organ Toxicity – Single Exposure, category 3 (STOT SE 3) for respiratory tract irritation. This report can be found here.

If this proposal is accepted, it would mean that all member states of European Union (EU) will have a legal obligation – by virtue of CLP regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 – to adopt this classification. This would have a detrimental effect on the electronic cigarette industry as propylene glycol forms a major constitute of nicotine containing liquids (e-liquid) that are used in these devices.

As part of the normal harmonised classification and labelling procedure, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) is required to invite concerned parties for a public consultation which normally lasts for 45 days. The public consultation on this CLH proposal ran from 7th March – 21st April 2016 and can be accessed here. Following the consultation, TAC will form a decision on the proposal considering the comments and the CLH dossier itself.

As a leading white label manufacturer of e-liquids, we have taken full advantage of this public consultation opportunity and have performed detailed scientific analysis of the CLH report and other relevant scientific reports. We have submitted our response to the ECHA which can be found here. We hope that our response will play a critical role in RACs decision on the reclassification of propylene glycol and will prevent any unjustified classification of the concerned substance.

If you have any questions or should you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling us on 01772 888 778 or by e-mailing us on

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