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The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), is a hazardous chemical classification and labeling system proposed by the United Nations in order to harmonise existing systems around the World. GHS must be adopted in a country before it becomes law. Most countries are adopting GHS; however, the degree and timeline of implementation will differ from country to country. On January 20th, 2009, the CLP Regulation came into force in the European Union.

CLP Regulation

The CLP Regulation is the EU adoption of GHS. CLP Regulation stands for Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing directives 67/548/EEC (Dangerous Substances Directive) and 1999/45/EC (Dangerous Products Directive).

The CLP regulation requires EU Companies to align the classification, labelling and packaging of their substances and mixtures with the GHS criteria. This will require Companies to update their Safety Data Sheets to include the Classification and Labelling information according to the GHS criteria.

Scope and Timeline of Implementation

CLP applies to chemical substances and mixtures placed on the market in the European Union.

EU Manufacturers and Importers must update the classification, labelling and packaging of their substances and mixtures by certain deadlines:

  • December 1st, 2010 for pure substances placed on the market
  • June 1st, 2015 for mixtures placed on the market

The third key obligation of the CLP regulation requires EU manufacturers and importers to submit a notification dossier to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) outlining the classification and labelling of their substances. This obligation applies to all hazardous substances regardless of their tonnage, including substances present in a mixture above certain concentration limits specified in the CLP regulation, and any substance subject to registration under REACH.

  • For substances on the market on December 1st, 2010, the notification of the classification and labelling is due on January 3rd, 2011 (one month after being placed on the market)
  • The notification of the classification and labelling is not required for substances registered under REACH before December 1st, 2010

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