On 16 December 2008 the European Parliament and the Council adopted the new Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures which aligns existing EU legislation to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System.
The support in EP and Council was the result of a series of informal trialogue meetings between representatives of the European Parliament, the Presidency and the European Commission in May and June 2008.
The Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, OJ L 353 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures - amending and repealing Directive 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
This new Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging ("CLP Regulation") contributes to the GHS aim that the same hazards will be described and labelled in the same way all around the world. By using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements, it is expected to facilitate trade and to contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals. The new act will complement the REACH Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
The CLP Regulation is in force since 20 January 2009 and will, after a transitional period, replace the current rules on classification, labelling and packaging of substances (Directive 67/548/EEC) and mixtures (Directive 1999/45/EC). The deadline for substance classification according to the new rules will be 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June 2015.
Together with the compromise package for the CLP Regulation, the EP and the Council adopted two related acts which adapt further Community acts to the new rules on classification and labelling, Directive 2008/112/EC, OJ L 345 and Regulation (EC) No 1336/2008, OJ L 354.
Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 breakdown:
Annex I - Classification and labelling requirements for hazardous substances and mixtures
Annex II - Special rules for labelling and packaging of certain substances and mixtures
Annex III - List of hazard statements, supplemental hazard information and supplemental label elements
Annex IV - List of precautionary statements
Annex V - Hazard pictograms
Annex VI - Harmonised classification and labelling for certain hazardous substances
Annex VII - Translation table from classification under directive 67/548/eec to classification under this regulation