CLP—chemicals classification
Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey
CLP—chemicals classification

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CLP—chemicals classification
  • Brexit impact
  • Regulation (EC) no 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation)
  • Transitional arrangements
  • Classification under the CLP Regulation
  • What is a substance or mixture?
  • The level of hazard under the CLP Regulation
  • Impact of classification on the supply chain
  • Who is responsible for classification?
  • When is classification triggered?
  • more

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Regulation (EC) no 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation)

Regulation (EC) no 1272/2008/EC on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation) adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (UN GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK and from 1 June 2015 fully replaces the previous classification system under the Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC and the Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC.

Both the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) were implemented into the UK by the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/716 (CHIP), which, with the exception of some transitional provisions, has from 1 June 2015 been revoked.

The CLP Regulation entered into force on 20 January 2009 in the European Union and it is directly applicable to suppliers who manufacture, import, use or distribute chemical substances and mixtures.

Classification under the CLP Regulation