CLP Regulations – Chemical Classification

PPE - May 10, 2015 - 0 comments


Changes are being made to the chemical warning labels used on a wide variety of professional and consumer products over the coming years as part of a United Nations sponsored programme to harmonise the labels on a global basis. Most of the new symbols are similar to the previous versions, but some are not.

The CLP Regulations: European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures came into force on 20 January 2009 in all EU Member States, including the UK. It is known by its abbreviated form, ‘the CLP Regulation’ or just plain ‘CLP’.

The CLP Regulations adopt the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.As GHS is a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national or regional legal mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding. That’s what the CLP Regulation does.

Source: The CLP Regulation – Chemical classification


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