CLP - classification and labelling

Regulation (EU) No 1272/2008, CLP, concerns the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures which are released on the EU market. As of 1 June 2015, chemical products must be labelled in accordance with the requirements of the CLP Regulation.

Consolidated text

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
(last consolidated on 1 January 2020).

Amendments and corrections

Not fully included in the consolidation of the CLP Regulation: 

Commission Regulation (EU) nr 2020/217 (ATP 14)

Commission Regulation (EU) nr 2019/521 (ATP 12)

All amendments and corrections to CLP are accessible in EUR-Lex.

Basic regulation

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of 16 december 2018

CLP in short

As of 1 June 2015, chemical products must be labelled in accordance with the requirements of the CLP Regulation. If you manufacture or import mixtures of chemical products, you must reclassify your products and revise the labelling and safety data sheets. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published web pages to support the classification of mixtures according to CLP.

Go to ECHA’s CLP web pages.

CLP involves an evaluation of the hazardous properties of chemicals and the way information and measures to protect human beings and the environment should be designed to reduce the risks. Classification involves finding the product properties on a systematic basis. Product and transport labelling and safety data sheets provide information to users about the hazards and how to protect oneself and the environment.

Classification, labelling and safety data sheets make up a three-fold, globally harmonised system under the UN (GHS). These criteria have been incorporated in the CLP Regulation, whereas the criteria for safety data sheets have been incorporated in REACH.

ECHA Questions and Answers.