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services-icon-glpThe Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), is a hazardous chemical classification and labelling system proposed by the United Nations in order to harmonise existing systems around the world.

Most countries are adopting GHS; however, the degree and timeline of implementation may vary between countries which makes compliance challenging.

CLP is the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in the EU which aligns previous EU legislation to the GHS.

CLP Regulation

The CLP Regulation EC 1272/2008 is the EU adoption of GHS Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures, which amends and repeals prior directives including 67/548/EEC (Dangerous Substances Directive) and 1999/45/EC (Dangerous Products Directive).

The CLP regulation requires EU Companies to align the classification, labelling and packaging of their substances and mixtures with the GHS criteria. This requires companies to update their Safety Data Sheets to include the Classification and Labelling Information according to the GHS criteria.

Free Whitepaper: An interpretation of the CLP Regulation with regard to substances and mixtures used in food and feed, exempted all such materials at all stages of processing from the regulation.

Scope and Timeline of Implementation

  • CLP applies to chemical substances and mixtures placed on the market in the European Union. EU Manufacturers and Importers must have already updated the classification, labelling and packaging of their substances and mixtures by certain deadlines:
  • December 1st, 2010 for pure substances placed on the market.
  • June 1st, 2015 for mixtures placed on the market.

The third key obligation of the CLP regulation requires EU manufacturers and importers to submit a Notification dossier to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) outlining the classification and labelling of their substances. This obligation applies to all hazardous substances regardless of their tonnage, including substances present in a mixture above certain concentration limits specified in the CLP regulation, and any substance subject to registration under REACH.

Globally, the obligations are broadly similar though the timelines differ. For example, the US has amended its 1994 Hazard Communication Standard to align with the GHS published in 2012. Roll out dates include training of employees by December 2013 and a June-December 2015 transition window for supply of updated SDS and Labels. Some countries have firm compliance dates, while others facilitate early adoption.

H2 Compliance will ensure that your implementation plans allow you to continue to place your products on the market during this complex transition window.

More Information

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Our Services

We offer a broad range of services to assist companies comply with GHS worldwide and with the CLP regulation in the European Union. H2 Compliance can help companies to update their Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to comply with both the CLP and REACH regulations. Our SDS service includes SDS review, creation and translation into the relevant languages.

H2 Compliance has developed a set of services to assist companies navigate their way through meeting requirements for the various global implementations of GHS:

  • Training and awareness
  • Assess products and global markets mix
  • Assess currently available SDS and Labels
  • Check GHS requirements per destination country
  • Perform gap assessment and rules
  • Agree implementation roadmap
  • Author trial SDS and Label set for alignment
  • Phased rollout of all documents to plan
  • Agree ongoing maintenance program