Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP)
On December 16th 2008, the European Union Council of Ministers adopted a new regulation on Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP).
The CLP regulation implements the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) into EU legislation. The aim of the Harmonised international rules is to improve the protection of Human Health and the Environment and to facilitate international trade with chemicals around the World.
The new CLP Regulation entered into force on January 20th, 2009 and it applies dirtectly in the whole EU withouit being implemented in national regulations.
The CLP Regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 Decemeber 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
Transitional provisions apply but work can start immediately to classify chemical substances and mixtures in accordance with new criteria and to label with new danger symbols, pictograms, with applicable hazard and safety directions.
Also, be aware that from December 1st 2010, companies in Europe must be applying the new Classificacion regulation to substances, and from June 1st 2015 to mixtures.
One of the new modifications set up by the new CLP is that criteria and testing methods for physical hazards (explosive, flammable and oxidisning properties, etc) are in accordance with the international regulations on Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG).
Also, from December 1st 2010 ECHA will be the host of the Official Classification and Labelling Inventory in Europe.
From that date all manufaturers and importers must report their Classification to the Inventory and all substances within the scope of CLP thar are classified as hazardous must be notified to the Inventory, and also substances registered according to the REACH Regulation must be notified too.
In any case, if your substance (under REACH) has been already sent to ECHA for registration, it does not need to be notified again.
Provisions in Title XI of REACH regulation will be replace by the provisions on classification and labelling in the CLP Regulation.