Written Answers. - Fluoride Directive.

Trevor Sargent

Question:

89 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment if fluoride is listed as a dangerous substance by the EU under its Dangerous Substances Directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8415/96]

Fluoride salts are listed as dangerous substances in Council Directive 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances, the Dangerous Substances Directive.

The directive is amended periodically in the light of scientific development. The most recent amendments to the directive are reflected in the European Communities (Classification, Packaging, Labelling and Notification of Dangerous Substances) Regulations, 1994 (S.I. 77 of 1994) which came into effect on 7 April 1994 replacing previous legislation in this area. The National Authority for Occupational Safety and Health is the body responsible for the administration of these regulations.