Objective of CLP regulation
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 labeling which reflects possible hazardous effects of a particular chemical. It also takes over provisions of the REACH Regulation regarding the notification of substances. It introduces new classification criteria, hazard symbols (pictograms) and labeling phrases.
There is a strong possibility that if the importer is exclusively buying a particular chemical from outside of Europe, he would want the manufacturer to provide him with all the information as per the CLP regulation and he shall only submit the CLP Notification to the ECHA using his legal identity.
Obligations of Manufacturers/ Exporters
Manufacturers, importers and downstream users have an obligation to classify the substances or mixtures in the form of a label before placing them on the market. The label comprises of the following categories given below:
- Hazard statements and supplemental hazard information
- Precautionary statements
- Signal word
- Hazard Pictogram
The CLP Regulation facilitate trade between the EU and non-EU countries. An exporter will be able to use the same description of the hazards on the label in his home country and in the country he exports to. This means that, when exporting his product, he can save the costs of re-classification for reasons of compliance with different C&L requirements of the country he is exporting to. Conversely, a non-EU supplier who wants to import his substances and mixtures into the EU will experience the same benefits.
SSS provides all CLP related Support Services, and has so far facilitated over thousand CLP notification for its clients from around the world and has prepared over fifteen hundred CLP and REACH compliant Safety datasheet.
Connection between REACH & CLP
Are REACH and CLP the same piece of regulation?
Please note that REACH and CLP are two different pieces of regulation. CLP regulation is applicable for all tonnage bands and even for substances manufactured or imported (exported non-EU) below one ton, Companies need to comply with the new Classification, labeling and packaging requirements. Within REACH also the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is required to use the Classification based upon new CLP regulation.
Similarities between REACH & CLP
- Both contain hazard communication tools: Labeling rules are set out in CLP whereas the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) rules are set out in REACH; a CLP label must always be used together with SDS.
- The classification of a substance is one mandatory part of REACH registration dossier whereas the classification criteria are set out in CLP regulation;
- Substances registered under REACH before 30th Nov 2010 do not require further C&L notification.
- The core of REACH is registration and the core of CLP is notification, classification and labelling;
- CLP applies to all substances irrespective of the annual tonnage. Substances classified as hazardous under CLP and placed on the market irrespective of the tonnage also need to be notified under CLP.