The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation – EU Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

The CLP regulation established a set of harmonised rules for classification, labelling and packaging that manufacturers, importers and downstream users must comply with for chemical substances and mixtures that they place on the market in the European Economic Area (EEA). Key regulation obligations include

  • Classification: companies placing substances or mixtures on the market in the EEA have a responsibility to ensure they determine the hazards of those substances and mixtures and classify them according. The CLP sets out clear rules, procedures and hazard categories for establishing the classification of substances and mixtures for physical, human health and environmental hazards.
  • Labelling: any hazards must be communicated clearly and effectively to end users.
  • Packaging: rules for designing, constructing and fastening packaging for substances and mixtures are also set out in the regulation for safe supply and use.
  • Poison Centre Notifications: companies are required to submit information on the composition and hazards of the mixture to nationally appointed bodies (poison centres) to the relevant EEA countries. Poison centres use that information to assist with emergency response calls concerning spillages and accidental exposure.

The obligations of the regulation are relevant to all substances and mixtures, including those that may have their dedicated regulations. For example, plant protection products, biocidal products and substances registered under REACH must also comply with the rules laid down in the regulation. Enviresearch’s team of regulatory specialists and scientists can assist with

  • reviewing information on your substance and mixtures to establish the appropriate hazard classification following CLP criteria
  • reviewing your product labels and advising on general labelling requirements for compliance with CLP
  • preparing poison centre notifications for your products in IUCLID format and assisting with their submission to poison centres in the relevant EEA countries.

CLP in Great Britain

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, a GB CLP regulation was established via a ‘lift and shift’ of EU CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008) into UK law, with amendments where necessary to make it operable in a GB-only context. Consequently, the GB regulatory framework broadly continues to mirror the rules and instruments laid down in the equivalent EU CLP legislation. However, the GB CLP Regulation is an independent framework, meaning that divergence between GB and EU legislation and decisions made under the two pieces of legislation (e.g., decisions on the harmonised classifications of substances) may increasingly diverge over time.


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