EU Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation Amended

The EU Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Substances and Mixtures Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 has just been amended by Regulation (EU) No 487/2013 to align with the fourth revised edition of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  The main changes are:

  • New hazard categories for chemically unstable gases and non-flammable aerosols.
  • Rationalisation of the precautionary statements.
  • Labelling derogations for substances classified as corrosive to metals, but not to skin and/or eye contact.
  • Reduced labelling of inner packaging where the contents do not exceed 10 ml, but only if the outer packaging is fully labelled and restricted to substances and mixtures for use in scientific research and development or quality control analysis.

These new requirements take effect as follows:

  • Substances:  From 1 December 2014, except that:
    • Substances already classified, labelled and packaged per Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 and placed on the market before 1 December 2014 will not have to be relabelled and repackaged per amending Regulation (EU) No 487/2013 until 1 December 2016.
  • Mixtures:  From 1 June 2015, except that:
    • Mixtures already classified, labelled and packaged per Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, or the preceding Directive 1999/45/EC and placed on the market before 1 June 2015 will not have to be relabelled and repackaged per amending Regulation (EU) No 487/2013 until 1 June 2017.

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