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IFCS Indicators of Progress
Priorities for Action beyond 2000
and
Forum Recommendations
QUESTIONNAIRE
Please provide the information described on the following pages concerning your country, giving
the current status and, to the extent possible, that foreseen at the end of 2006
Please complete:
COUNTRY: CYPRUS
1.
NATIONAL CAPABILITIES AND CAPACITIES FOR CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT
Priorities for Action E1 and E21
1a)
Has a comprehensive National Chemicals Management Profile, or other equivalent
strategic national plan, been developed
through a multi-stakeholder process2?
National Profile
Yes 
Other equivalent strategic national plan
No 
Yes 
No 
If "Yes" to either of the above, please indicate the original publication date and the
date(s) of any revisions.
___________________________________________________________
If "Yes" to either of the above, please list all ministries, agencies and organizations
that participated:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
If "No", is your country in the process of developing or planning on developing a
Comprehensive National Chemicals Management Profile?
Yes  Expected completion date _end of 2005_
No 
If "No", have equivalent measures such as a government investigation on chemical
safety followed by legislative measures been undertaken?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", please describe:
The Department of Labour Inspection has a well established labour
inspection system for controlling various factors affecting health and safety of
workers and third persons at work. Chemical agents are among those factors
and special regulations to control them have been issued under the Safety and
Health at Work Laws of 1996 to 2003. Also new legislation on the management
and control of chemical substances has been issued during the process of
harmonising the Cyprus legislation with the respective European Acquis. All
Cyprus legislation related to chemicals' management and control, for which the
Department of Labour Inspection has the competency is shown in Annex I.
1
The Priorities for Action Beyond 2000 may be viewed on the IFCS website at www.ifcs.ch.
A multi-stakeholder process is a process involving all concerned national ministries and other government
institutions, as well as other interested national parties.
2
1
1b)
Has your country developed any of the following on the sound management of
chemicals?
If yes, please
provide year
completed.
If development is in progress,
please provide the expected
completion year?
National Policies
2005
National Priorities
2004
National Strategies
2004
National Action Plans
1c)
No
2004
Has your country established an inter-ministerial/intersectoral coordinating
mechanism (e.g. committee or body) to facilitate the comprehensive treatment of
chemical safety issues?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes":
What is the name of the "mechanism"?
When was it established?
1. “Labour Advisory Board” a tripartite Body for the coordination of Labour
issues established in 1952.
2. Various Interministerial Technical Committees that examine environmental
issues and issues related to chemicals' management and control such as:
a. The Poison Control Board established by the Ministry of Agriculture,
Natural Resources and Environment that examines issues related to
pesticides control.
b. A Technical Committee established under the Dangerous Substances
Laws of 1991 to 2004 to examine various issues related to the placing on
the market, control and risk assessment of dangerous substances.
2.
CLASSIFICATION AND LABELLING OF CHEMICALS
Priority for Action B1
2a)
Has your country initiated work to adopt and implement the Globally Harmonized
System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", what is the expected date (year) GHS will be fully operational?
Cyprus together with the rest of EU Member States is planning to implement
GHS. This is foreseen to take place after 2007.
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2b)
Has your country ratified and implemented ILO Convention 170 on Safety in the Use
of Chemicals at Work3, or instituted comparable measures?
Yes 
3.
No 
NATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON HAZARDOUS
CHEMICALS
Priority for Action C1
3a)
What arrangements are operational in your country for the exchange of information on
hazardous chemicals? Please describe.
Information is available at the Department of Labour Inspection and through its
website.
Please indicate if the established infrastructure includes:
1) website where national partners can gain access to chemical information sources,
Yes 
No 
2) institutional directory listing sources of information
Yes 
4.
No 
NATIONAL PROCEDURES ON SAFETY INFORMATION FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN
CIRCULATION
Priority for Action C3
4a)
Does your country have procedures in place to ensure that any hazardous material put
into circulation is accompanied, at a minimum, by appropriate and reliable safety
information that is easy to access, read and understand?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes":
Are the procedures consistent with the safety data sheets of the 1990 International
Labour Organization Chemicals Convention (No.170)?
Yes 
No 
Do they conform to the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and
Labelling of Chemicals?
Yes 
3
No 
ILO Convention 170 may be viewed on the ILO website at: http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/english/convdisp1.htm
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5.
ECOLOGICALLY SOUND AND INTEGRATED STRATEGIES FOR PEST MANAGEMENT
Priority for Action D1
5a)
Has your country prepared integrated pest management strategies?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", were national studies done to develop the strategies?
Yes 
6.
No 
OBSOLETE STOCKS OF PESTICIDES AND OTHER CHEMICALS
Priority for Action D2
6a)
Are there any obsolete stocks of pesticides and/or other chemicals in your country?
Yes 
6b)
No 
Has your country prepared an action plan for disposal of obsolete stocks of pesticides
and other chemicals?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", has the action plan been implemented?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", has the action plan been completed?
Yes 
No 
If "No", is work in progress to prepare an action plan?
Yes  If yes, what is the expected completion date (year)? ___________
No  If no, why not? _________________________________________
7.
NATIONAL SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTION OF MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE
Priority for Action D4
7a)
Has your country implemented a national system for emergency preparedness and
response, in accordance with international principles 4?
Yes 
No 
If "No", is work in progress to implement the system?
Yes  expected completion date (year)? ___2006_____ No ‫ڤ‬
7b)
Is there a national law requiring the system?
4
Ref. OECD Second Edition 2003 Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and
Response, undertaken in cooperation with other international organizations, including ILO, IMO, UNECE,
UNEP, UNOCHA (UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit) and WHO.
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Yes 
7c)
No 
Has your country ratified and implemented ILO Convention 174 5 on Prevention of
Major Industrial Accidents?
Yes 
No 
If "No", are efforts under way to do so?
Yes 
8.
No 
INTERNATIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT ON THE DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF PESTICIDES
8a)
Has your government implemented the revised International Code of Conduct on the
Distribution and Use of Pesticides (November 2002)6 as the basis for a comprehensive
life cycle approach to pesticide management?
Yes 
No 
If "No", are efforts under way to do so?
Yes 
8b)
No 
Have the provisions of the Code of Conduct been implemented through other pieces
of legislation or by other means?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", please briefly describe.
Through the ratification of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed
Consent for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in Internationals Trade
(Ratifying Law of 2004).
9.
POISON CENTRES
Priority for Action D7
9a)
Have poison centre(s) been established in your country?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", please indicate classification level for each poison centre:
WHO Status of Development Classification
well-established centres, the full range of clinical analytical and other relevant facilities and
A
5
ILO Convention 170 may be viewed on the ILO website at: http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/english/convdisp1.htm
6
The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides may be viewed at:
http://www.fao.org/AG/AGP/AGPP/Pesticid/
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B
C
cover the whole country.
well-established centres, but lack some of the related facilities or do not provide full
coverage to the country. These centres require further development in order to meet the
ideal criteria for centres given in the IPCS Guidelines
certain facilities for poison control, but require major support to develop further areas of
activities, according to the criteria in the IPCS Guidelines, and should expand coverage
through the country.
Centre (Name &
location)
The Drug
Information and
Poison Control
Centre, located at the
Pharmaceutical
Services of the
Ministry of Health
9b)
Date
Established
Classification initial
Classification 2000
Classification current
1996
C
C
C
Is strengthening of poison centers planned? Yes
If "Yes", for what time period?
According to a recent decision of the Council of Ministers a new Poison Center
located at the Nicosia General Hospital will be established within 2005
9c)
If there are no established poison centres in your country, is work under way in your
country to establish a poison control centre with related chemical and analytical
facilities for the first time?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes" when do you expect the poison control centre to be operational? Please
provide location and date (year).
________________________________________________________
10.
POLLUTANT RELEASE AND TRANSFER REGISTERS/EMISSION INVENTORIES
Priority for Action D8
10a)
Has your country established:
An air emission inventory?
Yes 
No 
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A land emission inventory?
Yes 
No 
A water emission inventory?
Yes 
No 
A waste inventory?
Yes 
No 
A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)?
Yes 
No 
If "No", is work being initiated to design a PRTR or emission inventory
system?
Yes 
10 b)
Has your country implemented a system comparable to the PRTR (e.g. the Integrated
Pollution Prevention and Control)?
Yes 
11.
No 
No 
PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL TRAFFIC IN TOXIC & DANGEROUS PRODUCTS
Priority for Action F
11a)
Has your country developed a national strategy, or other national measures (e.g.
legislation, action plans) for the prevention of illegal traffic in toxic and dangerous
products?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", when was it prepared? Please indicate date (year) 30.4.2004
On that date Ratifying Laws for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior
Informed Consent for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in
International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on POPs have been issued.
These are some of the national measures for preventing illegal trafic of toxic and
dangerous products.
12.
Children and Chemical Safety (Forum IV Recommendation)
12a)
Has your government prepared, through multi-stakeholder consultation, initial
national assessments of children’s environmental health and chemical safety?
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Yes 
No 
If "No", are efforts under way to do so?
Yes 
12b)
No 
Has your government taken action to promote harmonized data collection, research,
legislation and regulations, and the use of indicators of children’s environmental
health?
Yes 
No 
If "Yes", please briefly describe:
If "No", are efforts under way to do so?
Yes 
13.
No 
HAZARD DATA GENERATION (Forum IV Recommendation)
13a)
Has your government established national priorities for information generation for
chemicals that are not produced in high volumes?
Yes 
No 
If "No", are efforts under way to do so?
Yes 
No 
Other Forum IV Recommendations address:
Please provide brief information on specific actions your government has taken to respond to the
recommendations of Forum IV in these areas:
Occupational Safety and Health;
Acutely Toxic Pesticides – risk management and reduction;
Capacity building;
INFOCAP (Information Exchange Network on Capacity Building for the Sound
Management of Chemicals ) implementation.
The Cyprus Government has taken the following actions to respond to the recommendations of Forum
IV.
(a) Occupational Safety and Health;
Workplace data are being recorded, collected and analysed at the DLI through a well
developed system of data collection and introduction of these data to the central computerised
system of the DLI. These data are collected through an system that has been created and
structured according to the provisions of the ILO Occupational Safety and Health Convention
(155) of 1981. The Cyprus Safety and Health legislation is fully harmonised to the respective EU
legislation.
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(b) Acutely Toxic Pesticides – risk management and reduction;
Control of acutely toxic pesticides is achieved through the ratification in 2004 of the
Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent for certain toxic substances and pesticides in
international trade. European Regulation 304/2003 establishes a control system for such toxic
substances within the Community. In addition to the above piece of legislation, new legislation on
Pesticides and Biocides Control, fully harmonised with the European Acquis, has entered into
force before Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004. The Pesticides Control Board, a Body
established by the Pesticides Law, is taking decisions on the management, distribution and control
of pesticides in Cyprus. All decisions leading to restrictions and prohibitions for import and use of
certain acutely toxic pesticides are taken by the above Board.
(c) Capacity building;
The DLI, in cooperation with the Social Partners, is promoting actions for improving the
currently existing level of awareness in Safety and Health issues at the enterprise level for both
employers and employees. These actions include distribution of awareness material, organisation
of seminars and promotion of risk assessment techniques of all involved. A recent jointed project
(Work Life Enlargement) of the DLI with the Swedish Work Environment Authority had as a
result the exchange of experiences and ideas for the promotion of safety and health at work.
In 2004 the Cyprus National Committee on "Environment and Children Health" has been
established by a Ministerial Decision. This Committee is multidisciplinary with members from
the governmental and private sector, specialists in the fields of children's health, chemicals,
environment and education.
(d) INFOCAP (Information Exchange Network on Capacity Building for the Sound
Management of Chemicals ) implementation
The DLI, being the IFCS Focal Point for Cyprus, plans to actively participate in the exchange
of information promoted by INFOCAP. As a first step of this active involvement, the DLI is planning
the preparation of the Cyprus Chemical Profile, expected to be completed within 2005.
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Details of person completing the questionnaire:
IFCS National Focal Point:
Yes
No
Name:
Leandros Nicolaides
Title:
Director
Ministry
Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance
Department of Labour Inspection,
Address
12, Apelli Street
Nicosia, 1493
CYPRUS
Tel:
+ 357 22 405623
Fax:
+ 357 22 663788
Date:
Email:
[email protected]
Signature:
9.02.2005
Please provide the following additional information:
Does the IFCS National Focal Point have direct access to the Internet in his/her office?
Yes 
No 
If "No", does he/she have access to the Internet in the building where he/she works?
Yes 
No 
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Annex I
Selected Legislation on Chemicals Management and Control
for which the Department of Labour Inspection has the Competency
Document Title
Code
Number
HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES AT WORK
The Safety and Health at Work Law of 1996
Law 89(I)/1996
The Safety and Health at Work (Amendment) Law of 2001
Law 158(I)/2001
The Safety and Health at Work (Amendment) Law of 2002
Law 25(I)/2002
The Safety and Health at Work (Amendment) Law of 2003
Law 41(I)/2003
The Safety and Health at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations of 2001
The Safety and Health at Work (Carcinogenic and Mutagenic Agents) Regulations of
2001
The Safety and Health at Work (Carcinogenic and Mutagenic Agents) Regulations
(Amendment) of 2004
The Safety and Health at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations of 2001
The Safety and Health at Work (Chemical Agents) (Amendment) Regulations of 2004
The Control of Major Accidents Hazards Related to Dangerous Substances
Regulations of 2001
The Control of Major Accidents Hazards Related to Dangerous Substances
Notification of 2002
The Control of Factory Atmosphere and Dangerous Substances in Factories
Regulations of 1973
The Control of Factory Atmosphere and Dangerous Substances in Factories
(Amendment) Regulations of 1981
The Control of Factory Atmosphere and Dangerous Substances in Factories
(Amendment) Regulations of 1986
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Law of 1993
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) (Amendment) Law of 2000
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Regulations of 1993
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Law of 1993
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Regulations of 1993
(Notification of 1994)
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Regulations of 1993
(Notification of 1993)
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) (Amendment) Regulations of
2000
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) (Amendment) (Amendment)
Regulations of 2004
The Asbestos (Safety and Health of Persons at Work) Regulations of 2000
(Notification of 2002)
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution Law of 2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation and Control of Atmospheric
Pollution caused by Waste from Titanium Dioxide Industry) Regulations of 2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation and Control of Atmospheric
Pollution caused by Waste from Titanium Dioxide Industry) Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Prevention and Reduction of Atmospheric
Pollution by Asbestos) Regulations of 2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Prevention and Reduction of Atmospheric
Pollution by Asbestos) Notification of 2004
Date of issue
1.11.1996
31.12.2001
29.3.2002
23.5.2003
P.I. 144/2001
P.I. 153/2001
6.4.2001
6.4.2001
P.I. 493/2004
30.4.2004
P.I. 268/2001
P.I. 55/2004
P.I. 507/2001
6.7.2001
6.2.2004
31.12.2001
P.I. 211/2002
26.4.2002
P.I. 311/73
P.I. 166/81
24.7.1981
P.I. 41/86
21.2.1986
Law 23(I)/93
Law 47(I)/2000
P.I. 272/93
P.I.108/94
14.5.1993
14.4.2000
19.11.1993
28.4.94
P.I. 170/93
25.6.93
P.I. 104/2000
21.4.2000
P.I. 495/2004
30.4.2004
P.I. 447/2002
27.9.2002
Law 187(I)/2002
P.I. 527/2002
1.11.2002
1.11.2002
P.I. 187/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 528/2002
1.11.2002
P.I. 186/2004
26.3.2004
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Document Title
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Incineration of Waste Oils) Regulations of
2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Procedures for the Surveillance and
Monitoring of Environments concerned by Waste from Titanium Dioxide Industry)
Regulations of 2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Procedures for the Surveillance and
Monitoring of Environments concerned by Waste from Titanium Dioxide Industry)
Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Incineration of Hazardous Wastes)
Regulations of 2002
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Incineration of Hazardous Wastes)
Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation of Volatile Organic Compounds
due to the Use of Organic Solvents in Certain Activities and Installations)
Regulations of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation of Volatile Organic Compounds
due to the Use of Organic Solvents in Certain Activities and Installations)
Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation of Emissions of Certain Pollutants
into the Air from Large Combustion Plants) Regulations of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation of Emissions of Certain Pollutants
into the Air from Large Combustion Plants) Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Prevention of Air Pollution from Existing
Municipal Incineration Plants) Regulations of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Prevention of Air Pollution from Existing
Municipal Incineration Plants) Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Control of Volatile Organic Compounds
Emissions Resulting from the Storage of Petrol and its Distribution from Terminals
to Service Stations) Regulations of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Control of Volatile Organic Compounds
Emissions Resulting from the Storage of Petrol and its Distribution from Terminals
to Service Stations) Notification of 2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Incineration of Waste) Regulations of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Incineration of Waste) Notification of 2004
The Air Pollution Control Order of 2003
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Non Licensable Installations) Regulations of
2004
The Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Limitation of Emissions of Certain Pollutants
into Air from Large Combustion Plants) Regulations of 2004
The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Law of 2003
The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Notification of 2004
The Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution on
Heavy Metals (Ratifying) Law of 2004
The Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution on
Persistent Organic Pollutants (Ratifying) Law of 2004
The Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
concerning the Control of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides or their Transboundary
Fluxes (Ratifying) Law of 2004
The Air Quality Law of 2002
The Air Quality Notification of 2004
The Air Quality (Amendment) Law of 2004
The Air Quality (Amendment) (No. 2) Law of 2004
The Air Quality (Limit Values for Benzene and Carbon Monoxide in Ambient Air)
Regulations of 2002
The Air Quality (Limit Values for Benzene and Carbon Monoxide in Ambient Air)
Notification of 2004
Code
Number
P.I. 529/2002
1.11.2002
P.I. 545/2002
15.11.2002
P.I. 188/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 638/2002
27.12.2002
P.I. 185/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 73/2003
31.1.2003
P.I. 189/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 74/2003
31.1.2003
P.I. 184/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 75/2003
31.1.2003
P.I. 183/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 76/2003
31.1.2003
P.I. 181/2004
26.3.2004
P.I. 284/2003
P.I. 182/2004
P.I. 658/2003
P.I. 170/2004
11.4.2003
26.3.2004
8.8.2003
26.3.2004
P.I. 195/2004
2.4.2004
Law 56(I)/2003
P.I. 268/2004
Law 38(III)/2004
13.6.2003
23.4.2004
30.4.2004
Law 39(III)/2004
30.4.2004
Law 40(III)/2004
30.4.2004
Law 188(I)/2002
P.I. 330/2004
Law 53(I)/2004
Law 54(I)/2004
P.I. 516/2002
1.11.2002
30.4.2004
31.3.2004
31.3.2004
1.11.2002
P.I. 337/2004
30.4.2004
Date of issue
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Document Title
The Air Quality (Air Pollution by Ozone) Regulations of 2002
The Air Quality (Limit Values for Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and Nitrogen
Oxides, Particulate Matter and Lead in Ambient Air) Regulations of 2002
The Air Quality (Limit Values for Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and Nitrogen
Oxides, Particulate Matter and Lead in Ambient Air) Notification of 2004
The Air Quality (Annual Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants)
Regulations of 2004
The Air Quality (Ozone in Ambient Air) Regulations of 2004
Code
Number
P.I. 530/2002
P.I. 574/2002
1.11.2002
29.11.2002
P.I. 338/2004
30.4.2004
P.I. 193/2004
2.4.2004
P.I. 194/2004
2.4.2004
Law 199/91
Law 27(Ι)/97
Law 81(I)/2002
Law 194(I)/2004
P.I. 292/2002
8.11.1991
18.4.1997
21.6.2002
30.4.2004
21.6.2002
P.I. 536/2004
30.4.2004
P.I. 339/2004
30.4.2004
P.I. 686/2004
13.8.2004
Law 20(ΙΙΙ)/2004
30.4.2004
Ν. 42(ΙΙΙ)/2004
30.4.2004
Date of issue
DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
The Dangerous Substances Law of 1991
The Dangerous Substances (Amendment) Law of 1997
The Dangerous Substances (Amendment) Law of 2002
The Dangerous Substances (Amendment) Law of 2004
The Dangerous Substances (Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous
Substances and Preparations) Regulations of 2002
The Dangerous Substances (Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous
Substances and Preparations) (Amendment) Regulations of 2004
The Dangerous Substances (Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous
Substances and Preparations) Notification of 2004
The Dangerous Substances (Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous
Substances and Preparations) Notification of 2004
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent for Certain Hazardous
Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade Ratifying Law of 2004
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Ratifying Law of 2004
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