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.
(last consolidated on 14 November 2020)
Amendments and corrections
Not fully included in the consolidation of the CLP Regulation:
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1677 of 31 August 2020, amending Annex VIII in order to improve the workability of information requirements related to emergency health response
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1676 of 31 August 2020 amending Article 25 as regards bespoke paints
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.
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.