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Overview of CLP Regulation: European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

Introduction to CLP Regulation

The European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, known as the CLP Regulation, was implemented across all EU member states, including the UK, on 20 January 2010.

Main Goals of CLP Regulation

  • Adoption of Globally Harmonised System (GHS): The primary aim of the CLP Regulation is to adopt the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) within the EU for the classification and labelling of chemicals.

Transition and Application

The CLP Regulation is being phased in through a transitional period, extending until 1 June 2015:

  • Application Timeline: It applies to substances from 1 December 2010 and to mixtures or preparations from 1 June 2015.
  • Direct Application: The regulation applies directly in all EU member states without the need for national legislation and is overseen by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Replacement of CHIP Regulations

CLP will replace the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009, also known as CHIP regulations, effective from 1 June 2015.

Key Features and Changes

  • Similarity to CHIP: The intention of CLP is similar to CHIP, focusing on appropriate classification, labelling, and packaging of substances and mixtures in the market.
  • Adoption of GHS: CLP adopts the GHS, facilitating global uniformity in classifications and labelling over time.
  • New Hazard Pictograms: CLP introduces new hazard pictograms, distinguished by shape, design, and colour, including symbols for various hazards such as toxicity, flammability, and corrosiveness.

Exemptions and Special Cases

CLP Regulation does not apply to certain substances and chemicals:

  • Excluded Substances: Exemptions include radioactive substances, substances under customs supervision, non-isolated intermediaries, and those for scientific research and development under controlled conditions.
  • Final User Exclusions: The regulation excludes finished chemicals intended for final users, such as medicines, medical devices, veterinary medicines, cosmetics, and food products.