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Classification, Labelling and Packaging

What your obligations?

Under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008:

CLP has replaced the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD)

  • Substances should already be classified, labelled and packaged according to the CLP Regulation
  • Since 1 June 2015, mixtures have also had to be classified, labelled and packaged in accordance with CLP only but mixtures already classified, labelled and packaged according to DPD and placed on the market before this date will have until 1 June 2017 to be re-labelled and re-packaged

What do you need to do? 

1.  Check your classifications

  • Revise your classifications in line with the rules for CLP (these may differ to those for DSD and DPD)
  • Check the ECHA chem portal for new classifications for the substances contained in your mixtures
  • Be aware that certain substances are subject to harmonised classification and labelling, according to Annex VI of CLP
  • Although harmonised classification is legally binding and must be used it can be supplemented with a self-classification if necessary – check to ensure the classification is sufficient

2. Re-label and re-package your mixtures

  • In accordance with Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008
  • This includes using CLP classifications and new hazard pictograms
  • If a mixture is already “placed on the market” by 1 June 2015, you have until 1 June 2017 to re-label and re-package

3. Update your Safety Data Sheets

  • SDSs for substances should now include CLP classifications only (DSD classifications should be removed)
  • SDSs for mixtures must include only the CLP classification, unless mixtures were already on the market before 01 June 2015 in which case the transition period above applies and DPD classification should be included until the mixture is re-labelled and re-packaged
  • SDS should match information on label

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Contact us for discussion of the cost-effective assistance ReFaC can provide to your business during classification, labelling and Safety Data Sheet preparation.

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