EU CLP - Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of substances and mixtures

EU CLP stands for the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of substances and mixtures. CLP introduces the United Nations globally harmonized system (UN GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals into Europe. CLP entered into force on 20th January 2009.

There are many different systems for classifying and labeling chemicals in the world, which causes confusion, potential errors and misunderstandings among workers and consumers alike. This was primarily due to exposure to differing forms of labeling and safety data sheets in different countries. Thus, the United Nations developed a Globally Harmonized System for the classification and labeling of chemicals, known as GHS. As an international agreement GHS is non-legally binding in Europe, therefore the GHS criteria was introduced into Europe via CLP.

The 5th revised edition of the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was adopted now. It’s supposed that the 6th revised edition of GHS will be adopted by CLP soon. CIRS has summarized the differences among the 5th revised UN GHS, CLP regulation, China GHS and US HCS. For more info, please click here.


The Transitional Period of CLP Regulation

The CLP Regulation has replace Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC (DSD) and Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC (DPD) in a stepwise approach during a transitional period.  After 1 June 2015, both substance and mixture shall only be classified according to CLP.

Key dates For substance For mixtures

Classification Labeling and Packaging Classification Labeling and Packaging
From 20 Jan. 2009 until 1 Dec. 2010 In accordance with DSD; CLP is optional In accordance with DSD; if substance is classified under CLP, it shall be labeled ad packaged under CLP In accordance with DPD; CLP is optional In accordance with DPD; if mixture is classified under CLP, it shall be labeled and packaged under CLP
From 1 Dec. 2010 until 1 Jun. 2015 In accordance with both DSD and CLP In accordance with CLP only In accordance with DPD; CLP is optional
In accordance with DPD; if mixture is classified under CLP, it shall be labeled and packaged under CLP
From 1 Jun. 2015 In accordance with CLP only In accordance with CLP only In accordance with CLP only In accordance with CLP only


How to Comply with CLP Regulation

The CLP Regulation, Article 46, on Enforcement and Reporting, states that “Member States shall take all necessary measures, including maintaining a system of official controls, to ensure that substances and mixtures are not placed on the market, unless they have been classified, labelled, notified and packaged in accordance with this Regulation”.

Generally speaking, companies shall classify substances or mixtures, submit C&L notifications to ECHA, and label and package their products in accordance with the CLP regulation. CLP compliant Safety Data Sheet containing the CLP classification and labelling shall also be prepared and communicated to downstream users.

  • Classification
  • C&L Notification
  • Labelling and Packaging
  • Safety Data Sheet

How can we assist you in complying with CLP

We provide end-to-end solutions to CLP compliance. We can help you classify your substances and mixtures according to CLP, notify the classification and labeling of your products to the C&L Inventory, prepare CLP compliant labels and the latest safety data sheet.

Even though there are many guidance documents on how to prepare CLP compliant label, it is much easier and less time-consuming for you to outsource this job to us.

  • Regulatory advice on the implications of CLP and REACH for your company;
  • Re-classification and re-labeling of your substances or mixtures;
  • Preparation of CLP compliant labels;
  • Notification to the Classification & Labeling Inventory (C&L notification);
  • New Safety Data Sheets in accordance with CLP & REACH;

For more information, please contact us at service@cirs-reach.com