Classification, Labelling & Packaging

CLP is the abbreviation for Classification, Labelling and Packaging. The CLP Regulation defines new rules for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. It has already entered into force and is based on the so-called Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). By using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements, it is expected to facilitate trade and to contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals. Chemical substances are subject to some new labelling criteria and new limit values; new hazard symbols are used and the hazard potentials of preparations need to be re-calculated. Transitionary periods have been defined during which both the old system and the new will be in place. The relevant transitionary period for substances ends on 1 Dec 2010, for mixtures on 1 June 2015.

The CLP notifications are treated as part of the REACH Registration for all substances registered by 1 December 2010 (which applies to Ag and PM refinables), for all other substances with registration deadlines after 1 December 2010, CLP notifications represent a standalone exercise which needs to be completed by 3 January 2011.

Due to their registration requirement at the end of 2010 -both under REACH and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation -, Ag and PM refinables are currently treated as priority projects, whilst the other projects are also brought forward to make sure they keep on track.

The PMC is committed to preparing CLP notifications for all substances and intermediates that are in the scope of the REACH projects so they can be submitted through REACH-IT by the end of 2010 and in time for the 3 January 2011 deadline.

Each CLP notification involves the performance of physio-chemical tests and the gathering and evaluation of available (eco-) toxicological data on each substance.

The final classification notifications will be submitted through REACH-IT by one PMC Member, following which other companies (both Members and Non-Members) will be invited to accept these classifications through their REACH-IT account.