11th June 2015


 Issue No.  2015/10



Hazardous Substances and How to Recognise Them

The Classification Labelling and Packaging Regulations (CLP for short) came into force across all EU member states, including the UK back in 2009.  Since then there has been a lengthy transitional period and the CLP Regulations only now applies in full from 1st June 2015.

Given this protracted introduction period we felt it appropriate to provide a reminder of the key aspects.


Essentially this stems from a United Nations initiative (from 2009) aimed at helping global trade and achieving unified measures across the world in protection  of people and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals.

One positive outcome being a unified approach to the labelling and packaging of hazardous substances all around the world.


COSHH and REACH Regulations are complimented by CLP which:

  • Is very similar to the established EU system on classification, labelling and packaging.
  • Introduces new ‘pictograms’. You will see that most are very similar to the old ones (click here for a comparison table).
  • Apply to substances placed on the market since 1st December 2010.
  • Is mandatory for classification of chemical mixtures (preparations) from 1st June 2015.

For more information on the CLP Regulations click here.

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