What Is the CLP Regulation?

What Is the CLP Regulation?

CLP stands for “Classification, Labeling, and Packaging.” The CLP Regulation is a set of rules meant to match the European system for classification, labeling, and packaging of chemicals with the international one, which is called the Global Harmonized System (GHS).  

The CLP Regulation creates three uniform standards for chemical labels:  
  1. The standard European hazard symbols. These symbols, such as the biohazard symbol, warn anyone handling chemical substances of certain dangers.  
  2. The risk and safety statements. These statements, which accompany the hazard symbols, explain the risks the chemical or mixture poses to health and the environment.  
  3. The unique formula identifier (“UFI”).  
The CLP Regulation replaces older European regulations on how to classify, label, and package chemical substances, such as the Dangerous Substance Directive and the Dangerous Preparations Directive. 
The CLP Regulation complements the REACH Regulation – but one is not a part of the other. Both the CLP Regulation and the REACH Regulation are administered by ECHA.  

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