CLP-Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

On 20 January 2009, the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures came into force.  Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, OJ L 353 This regulation aligns existing EU legislation to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

This new Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging ("CLP Regulation") contributes to the GHS aim to promote the uniform description and labelling of the same hazards all over the world. The use of internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements is expected to facilitate trade and contribute to global efforts to protect man and the environment from the hazardous effects of chemicals. The new Act will complement the REACH Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.

After a transitional period, the CLP Regulation will replace the current rules on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances (Directive 67/548/EEC) and mixtures (Directive 1999/45/EC). The date from which substance classification and labelling must be consistent with the new rules will be 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June 2015.

Together with the compromise package for the CLP Regulation, the EP and the Council adopted two related acts which adapt further Community acts to the new rules on classification and labelling,Directive 2008/112/EC, OJ L 345andRegulation (EC) No 1336/2008, OJ L 354.

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