Classification, Labelling and Packaging in EU – CLP Regulation 1272/2008/EC
CLP stands for Classification, Labelling and Packaging. In EU, it is subject to Regulation 1272/2008/EC (aka CLP Regulation) which implements the worldwide GHS (Global Harmonisation System) in EU.
CLP offers a fast and comprehensive way to identify the hazard of any chemical on the EU market using a language harmonised globally.
In practice, CLP will link the properties of your chemical with associated hazard. For example, an ingredient or mixture could be classified as explosive or flammable according to its physical chemical properties. Or it could be acutely toxic or dangerous for the environment according to other sections of the data package.
Once the right classification is identified, CLP offers a clear and systematic labelling set, consisting of:
- Pictograms: visual representation of the hazard.
- Hazard statements: standard phrases characterising the hazard identification.
- Precautionary statements: a set of standard phrases informing how to handle, store and use safely the product, or face an incident properly.