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EuPIA Printing Inks – categorised as Industrial Mixtures

This customer information note confirms the correct official classification for printing inks and related products sold by EuPIA members and has been created in response to requests from the European printing industry for clarification, especially with relation to the new ‘poison centres’ legislation.

EuPIA Exclusion Policy for Printing Inks and Related Products

The average man in the street has probably never heard about the EuPIA Exclusion List. In fact, it has been an important code protecting the health and safety of workers in the ink and printing industries, as well as the end users of printed materials. In 1996 the European sector group of the printing ink industry took over existing national stewardship initiatives to create the Exclusion List for Printing Inks and Related Products. It applied stricter rules to the manufacture and marketing of inks than the existing legal regulations would have required. In taking this responsibility, the European ink industry took a proactive lead for the world. Since 2003, the European printing ink industry is represented by the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) and maintains such important tasks through its Technical Committee, which over the years has amended and adapted the Exclusion List from time to time, and has lately taken the initiative to find an even better approach to the internationally acknowledged Exclusion List.

Questions and Answers on the EuPIA Exclusion Policy for Printing Inks and Related Materials

This document provides answers to some questions commonly asked by customers about EuPIA’s Exclusion Policy.

Customer Information Note: Raw Materials for UV inks under the EuPIA Exclusion Policy

The current situation with the supply of raw materials used in UV inks continues to remain critical. In addition, a number of these materials have undergone re-classification such that they now fall under the criteria of the EuPIA Exclusion Policy. This Customer Information Note describes the impact on the implementation of the requirements of the Exclusion Policy.

Information note : Tattoo inks

This information note explains that ongoing regulatory actions concerning tattoo inks are not relevant for EuPIA members’ products.

Printing Inks and Related Products for the Manufacture of Toys

Printing inks and related products may be used in the production of children’s toys.  This statement explains how the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC and associated European standards apply to these materials.

Information note : Environmental Impact of Printing Inks

Managing and reducing environmental impact is an important feature of EuPIA members’ activities.  This information note has been prepared to provide manufacturers, printers and other stakeholders with an overview of the potential effects on the environment along the print chain (printing ink manufacture, printing and the use and disposal of print).

Eco Footprint of a generic reference

EuPIA is dedicated to sustainability.  Product stewardship is the major pillar of its action, delivering safe and efficient products to use on various substrates and with different print processes.  In this context EuPIA has performed a Life Cycle Assessment to study the footprint of a generic printing ink formulation correctly representing printing inks for all print processes.

Carbon Footprint of Printing Inks - Information note

Greenhouse gases emissions (the so-called “carbon footprint”) of each component in a product or service are one measure that can provide information to address concerns on global warming. Also printing ink manufacturers are being asked about the carbon footprint of their products. Evaluations are difficult and costly due to various ink formulations and chemicals used as well as the wide range of applications.

EuPIA Guidance note : Labelling of treated articles

Printing inks and related products which contain biocides for preservation are ‘treated articles’ according to Article 58 of the Biocidal Products Regulation.  This note clarifies the related obligations for ink makers, but also for their customers (printers).

Customer Information Note- CLP Regulation : Lower Classification Limits for Eye / Skin Irritation

This information note explains the effect on the classification and labelling of certain products as a result of the changeover to the CLP Regulation in Europe.

Customer Information Note: Changes to the classification of some offset printing ink colours

This note explains how the classification of some inks may be amended by changes in the classification of some commonly-used pigments.

CLP / GHS: A new system of classification and labelling for chemicals

A new regulation is changing the way hazards are communicated for chemical products like paints, printing inks and artists’ colours.  The Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (“CLP”) brings the European Union/European Economic Area into line with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and in time the old European system will be replaced completely by this worldwide standard.

Substances Included in the CoRAP – Customer Information Note

This note explains the regulatory status of substances listed in the Community Rolling Action Plan, established by ECHA for evaluation under REACH, and clarifies the circumstances of their use in printing inks by EuPIA members.

Substances of Very High Concern – Customer Information Note

This note explains the identification of substances as SVHC under the REACH Regulation and the related communication obligations for suppliers of printing inks.

Information sheet: Renewable Raw Materials in Offset Printing Inks

Lubricants made of rapeseed oil, building materials made of wood, packaging materials made of starch or detergents made of sugar – these are just some examples of how renewable raw materials conquer industrially manufactured products. Also in printing inks their number has been constantly increasing. 

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