As of 1 June the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation has become fully applicable across the EU.

Whilst the CLP had already replaced the old rules on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances in December 2010 it now also applies to the classification, labelling and packaging of mixtures. The CLP Regulation aligns existing EU legislation with the criteria and labelling of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) which is aiming to ensure that the same hazards are described and labelled in the same way globally.

The Regulation requires a large number of products to be re-labelled, including consumer items such as detergents, as well as industrial mixtures. The new system is based on hazard classes, categories and statement codes instead of risk phrases and categories of danger as was the case under the old legislation.

Please find the CLP Regulation here and the Commission Decision here