Augeo Reclassification Explained

by Tamar Mayne

Augeo Reclassification Explained

Important information regarding CLP labelling requirements when using Augeo 

Augeo reed diffuser bases have been reclassified which means effective immediately any product you make that contains 3% or more of Augeo needs to be relabelled.

I received communication from one of our manufacturers to let us know this change is happening so I am able to update you and guide you through it. 

What chemical is this in relation to?

2,2-dimethyl-1,3- dioxolane-4-methanol, (CAS 100-79-8)

The below change relates to any chemical with the CAS number 100-79-8.

Augeo has become a very popular base in the home fragrance industry particularly for its use in reed diffusers and room sprays. As it has recently had an increase in production volume it has reached a threshold by which the formulation is required to undergo additional testing.

This additional testing is required to ensure the continued safety and health of anyone who comes into contact, manufacturers, produces, or uses the aforementioned chemicals.

The testing was conducted on rabbits and the results were unexpected so the reclassification was required as a precautionary measure. This may be reversed or upheld upon further testing.

There will be further tests conducted later in the year, and then we will have an official statement released with an update on the labelling requirements from REACH. 

What does that mean for your home fragrance business right now? 

This means that effective immediately all SDS sheets for Augeo are required to be recalculated and any subsequent CLP information recalculated as well. Any product with 3% or more of the Augeo products will need to be reclassified with the Health Hazard pictogram and matching Hazard statement. 

Hazard pictogram: 

Hazard statement: “Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Dispose of contents/container to approved disposal site, in accordance with local regulations. Store locked up.”

How dangerous is it to use this base? 

You can continue to use the Augeo base safely so long as you are adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)  as required by law.

This reclassification is related to the ingestion of the chemical. Continue with your GMP and ensure your chemicals are handled properly and stored correctly, and you can, if you require, continue to use the chemical with the CAS number 100-79-8 while we await the updated classification.

As this hazard classification is not considered a “harmonised listing” the ingredient can continue to be used in any product, in line with the relevant classification and labelling requirements. 

How quickly does relabelling have to take place?

If you choose to continue to use Augeo (at 3% or more) then CLP Article 30 requires you, the supplier, to update your labels without undue delay, i.e. as soon as reasonably practicable as required under Article 25(I) and (II).

This, although rather unambiguous, means you can continue to sell the stock you currently have ready and labelled to go as it is. Once you have cleared that stock any future stock made with a 3% Augeo load will require new labelling.

If you would like any further information or have any questions don’t hesitate to ask via email or message. 

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