Classification, Labelling and Packaging

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European Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (The CLP Regulation), aims to protect workers, consumers and the environment by communicating physical, human health and environmental hazards.

Information on hazards shall be provided via a label on the packaging, including a pictogram(s), signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, and the provision of safety data sheets (SDS). The label and SDS are important sources of information for the safe supply, use and management of chemical products. Exemptions to the CLP Regulation are included in Article 1.

The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (UN GHS) across all European Union countries, including Ireland. GHS provides a basis for communicating information on hazards in a uniform way, overcoming differing labelling information requirements for the same chemicals around the world. It also aims to lower barriers to trade caused by the need for re-labelling chemicals exported to different countries and continents.

The CLP Regulation replaces existing EU legislation, namely the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) (Directive 67/548/EEC) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) (Directive 1999/45/EC). There is a transitional period to allow for changeover from the existing rules, and an allowance for the confidentiality of chemical names under existing legislation which will be taken over by Article 24 of CLP from 1st June 2015. For more information please see our information sheets on the transitional period and on confidentiality claims.

The Chemicals (Amendment) Act 2010 assigns the HSA as the competent authority for the CLP Regulation, with the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine responsible with respect to pesticides and Beaumont Hospital Board (National Poisons Information Centre) for the purposes of receiving information related to emergency health response.

The full implementation of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the 1st June 2015 heralds a new beginning for global hazard communication for chemicals. From this date, the Irish Statutory Instruments which transposed the Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC and Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC into Ireland have been revoked through the CPL ( Revocation) Regulations 2015S.I No 196 of 2015 ).  While CLP is  a 'direct acting' Regulation within the EU,  it still requires enforcement and administrative provisions and these are set out in the Chemicals (Amendment) Act 2010.

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