On 29 May 2013, the Polish Ministry of Economy notified the European Commission of proposed changes to its legislation concerning the manufacturing, trading, and use of hazardous substances, or the marketing of products containing such substances (the "draft Ordinance") (Journal of Laws of 2013, item 180).

The main aim of the Draft Ordinance is the introduction of a ban on the marketing, to consumers and the general public, of products containing methanol compounds, i.e.: (i) CAS 67-56-1 methanol (methyl alcohol), (ii) substances with a concentration of methanol exceeding 3% by weight, and (iii) other mixtures with a concentration of methanol exceeding 3% by weight.

The Draft Ordinance provides certain exemptions and allows the marketing, to consumers and the general public, of four groups of products with a concentration of methanol exceeding 3% by weight, those being: (i) fuels for engines used in model-making, (ii) fuels for engines used in power boating and motor boating sports, (iii) fuels used in fuel cells, and (iv) liquid bio-fuels within the meaning of the Act of 25 August 2006 on bio components and liquid bio-fuels (Journal of Laws of 2006, no 169, item 1199).

The marketing, to consumers and the general public, of products containing methanol compounds with a concentration exceeding 3% by weight was banned under regulations which were repealed on 1 June 2010, upon the enactment of the new laws on hazardous substances. The main reason for the re-introduction of the methanol ban is an increase in the number of methanol poisonings in Poland.