CLP Regulation

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European Union European Union regulation:
Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008
Regulation 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
(Text with EEA relevance)
Made by European Parliament and Council
Made under Art. 95 (EC)
Journal reference L353, 31.12.2008, pp. 1–1355
History
Made 16 December 2008
Came into force 20 January 2009
Preparative texts
Commission proposal COM (2007) 355 final, C191, 17.8.2008, p. 9
EESC opinion C204, 9.8.2008, pp. 47–56
EP opinion 3 September 2008
Other legislation
Replaces Dir. 67/548/EEC
Dir. 1999/45/EC
Amends Reg. (EC) No 1907/2006
Status: Current legislation

The CLP Regulation[1] (for "Classification, Labelling and Packaging"[2]) is a European Union regulation which aligns the European Union system of classification, labelling and packaging chemical substances and mixtures to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). It is expected to facilitate global trade and the harmonised communication of hazard information of chemicals and to promote regulatory efficiency. It complements the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation (EC No 1907/2006)[3] and replaces the current system contained in the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC)[4] and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (1999/45/EC).[5]

The regulation incorporates the classification criteria and labelling rules agreed at UN level, the so-called Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). It introduces new classification criteria, european hazard symbols (pictograms) and Risk and Safety_Statements for labelling, while taking account of elements which are part of the current EU legislation.

The regulation requires companies to appropriately classify, label and package their substances and mixtures before placing them on the market. It aims to protect workers, consumers and the environment by means of labelling which reflects possible hazardous effects of a particular chemical. It also takes over provisions of the REACH Regulation regarding the notification of classifications, the establishment of a list of harmonised classifications and the creation of a classification and labelling inventory.

Implementation[edit]

The manufacturers and importers have already pre-registered more than 140,000 substances with the European Chemicals Agency under the REACH Regulation. They have until 1 December 2010 to propose "provisional classifications" for these substances, which will be used for the labelling of pure substances from that date. The deadline for classifying mixtures is 31 May 2015.

Further legislation[edit]

Recently directive 2008/112/EC[6] and regulation (EC) No 1336/2008[7] were adopted. They adapt classification-based provisions in other existing EU legislation (“downstream legislation”) to the new rules. Following article 53 of the CLP Regulation, a first adaptation to the technical and scientific progress (ATP) was made via Commission Regulation 790/2009.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full title: Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the 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.
  2. ^ New classification, labelling and packaging regulation, European Chemicals Agency, retrieved 8 March 2009 
  3. ^ Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency. OJEC L396, 30.12.2006, pp. 1–849.
  4. ^ Council Directive 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances. OJEC L196, 16.8.1967, pp. 1–98; OJEC English special edition, Series I, Chapter 1967, p. 0234.
  5. ^ Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 1999 concerning the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations. OJEC L200, 20.7.1999, pp. 1–68.
  6. ^ Directive 2008/112/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 amending Council Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC and Directives 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council in order to adapt them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
  7. ^ Regulation (EC) No 1336/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
  8. ^ Commission Regulation (EC) No 790/2009 of 10 August 2009 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

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