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. CLP is  a 'direct acting' Regulation within the EU, however, it still requires enforcement and administrative provisions and these are set out in the Chemicals (Amendment) Act 2010. This Act 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) assigned as the responsible body for the purposes of receiving information related to emergency health response.

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Reference & General Guidance Information