European industry associations are publishing new guidelines to assist essential oil producers in determining the environmental effects of their products. Based on the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA’s) Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment, the guidelines seek to aid producers in the completion of their legal requirements for classification and labeling.

According to a June 27, 2016, ECHA announcement, the guidance will also help companies assess “the potential persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties of their substances.” The guidelines will be available in select EU languages by the end of 2016.