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18 September 2009
by inadim -- last modified 22 September 2009

EU reference documentation related to CLP (the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures) and specific chemicals.


CLP-Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

On 20 January 2009 the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures entered into force. It aligns existing EU legislation to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, OJ L 353

This new Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging ("CLP Regulation") contributes to the GHS aim that the same hazards will be described and labelled in the same way all around the world. By using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements, it is expected to facilitate trade and to contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals. The new act will complement the REACH Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.

The CLP Regulation will, after a transitional period, replace the current rules on classification, labelling and packaging of substances (Directive 67/548/EEC) and mixtures (Directive 1999/45/EC). The date from which substance classification and labelling must be consistent with the new rules will be 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June 2015.

Together with the compromise package for the CLP Regulation, the EP and the Council adopted two related acts which adapt further Community acts to the new rules on classification and labelling, Directive 2008/112/EC, OJ L 345 and Regulation (EC) No 1336/2008, OJ L 354.

Reference Documents on Specific Chemicals:

Pyrotechnic articles
Drug precursors

Source: European Commission