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2017-48 November 21, 2017 Pre-Meeting Report: Proposals to be Discussed at the 34th Session of the UNSCEGHS; PHMSA Issues Notice: Termination of M-Number and R-Number Approvals

By Michele Sullivan, PhD, Technical AdvisorNovember 21, 2017

From December 6 - 8, 2017, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (SCEGHS) will hold its 34th session in Geneva, Switzerland. 

This is the second session of the new biennium. As of the time of writing, there are 12 informal papers and 2 working papers posted for the 34th session. Additional informal papers are expected on non-animal testing methods, the practical classification issues work program topics and medical response precautionary statements.

Click here for Dr. Sullivan's full report. Subscriber login is required. Readers attentive to UN deliberations are recommended to read Mr. Frits Wybenga's Pre-Meeting Report on Proposals to be Discussed at the 52nd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; see HazMat Alert 2017-47, originally issued on November 10, 2017 for more details.

PHMSA Issues Notice of Termination of M-Number and R-Number Approvals without Expiration Dates

On November 17, 2017, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published in the Federal Register a notice titled Hazardous Materials: Proposed Termination of M-Number and R-Number Approvals Issued Without an Expiration Date. According to the summary,

"To standardize manufacturer and reconditioner approvals, PHMSA is proposing to terminate any M-number and R-number approvals that were previously issued without an expiration date. The termination of these approvals will take effect one year from the publication date of this notice."

Click here to read the full notice in the Federal Register.

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