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What is CLP?

“CLP” is short for a very long EU Regulation, both in its title and its content! Its full name is:

REACHReady's CLP logoRegulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and Council of 16 December 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.

The Regulation first published in the Official Journal of the European Union contained 1,355 pages, and numerous Adaptations to Technical Progress (ATPs) updating the legal text have since been published. Like REACH, as an EU Regulation CLP applies directly in all 28 Member States of the EU and also in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as members of the European Economic Area (EEA).

CLP is the successor to the Dangerous Substances and Dangerous Preparations Directives; like these Directives, CLP requires chemicals to be classified for their hazards and labelled accordingly.

CLP was introduced to put into place a new EU-wide scheme for classification and labelling. For many years the EU had a robust system based on the Directives dealing with substances and mixtures. In other parts of the World there were other schemes – or nothing at all. After many years of international negotiations a “globally harmonised” scheme (GHS) was developed and published by the UN. The EU was the first major jurisdiction to amend its old scheme in favour of one based on the GHS. In doing so, however, it retained some important elements of the old system to avoid any loss of protection in he EU.

The change to CLP may be costly, particularly for those who import or formulate mixtures. For this reason its introduction has been phased in over nearly 10 years. It also includes some special provisions to help business “convert” old labels to new. But despite these features it can be difficult – technically and financially – to deal with CLP, especially if you are a smaller business.

REACHReady's CLP logoREACHReady is here to help. We suggest you start by reading our CLP Basics webpage and FAQs. For our Gold subscribers help is also at hand through more comprehensive online resources and of course our Helpdesk. If you are yet to sign up, you might like to see a preview of some of our CLP resources for Gold subscribers.

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