CLP Regulation

CLP Regulation Overview:

  • The CLP Regulation is a European Union regulation from 2008.
  • It aligns the EU system of classification, labelling, and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS).
  • The regulation aims to facilitate global trade and harmonised communication of hazard information.
  • It complements the REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006) and replaces the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (1999/45/EC).
  • The CLP Regulation came into force on January 20, 2009.

Classification, Labelling, and Packaging Requirements:

  • The regulation requires companies to appropriately classify, label, and package their substances and mixtures before placing them on the market.
  • It aims to protect workers, consumers, and the environment by reflecting a chemical's possible hazards on the label.
  • The regulation addresses the notification of classifications, the establishment of a list of harmonised classifications, and the creation of a classification and labelling inventory as required by REACH.
  • Companies must comply with the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) for substances of highest concern and other substances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Substances with CLH are listed in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation.

Unique Formula Identifier (UFI):

  • The UFI is a 16-digit code that will appear on product labels as a new identification element from 2020.
  • By 2025, the UFI will become mandatory on the label of all products classified for health or physical hazards.
  • Importers and downstream users must provide specific product information, including the UFI, to poison centres.
  • The UFI aims to enhance product identification and facilitate poison centre notifications.
  • The UFI requirement is part of the implementation of the CLP Regulation.

Implementation Timeline:

  • The CLP Regulation came into force on January 20, 2009.
  • Manufacturers and importers had until December 1, 2010, to propose provisional classifications for pre-registered substances.
  • The deadline for classifying mixtures was May 31, 2015.
  • The deadline for re-labelling and re-packaging of products already on the market was June 1, 2017.
  • The regulation has been implemented gradually to allow companies to comply with the new requirements.

Further Legislation:

  • Directive 2008/112/EC and regulation (EC) No 1336/2008 adapted classification-based provisions in other existing EU legislation to the new rules.
  • A first adaptation to the technical and scientific progress (ATP) was made in 2009 with Commission Regulation 790/2009.
  • These adaptations and regulations aim to ensure the continuous improvement and alignment of classification, labelling, and packaging rules.
  • The CLP Regulation is part of a broader framework of EU legislation on chemicals, including the REACH Regulation.
  • The regulation promotes harmonisation and consistency in hazard communication across the European Union.

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