On January 20, 2009 the CLP Regulation EC No 1272/2008 (regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substance and mixtures) entered into force in the EU. This is the European equivalent of the UN GHS. This classification system aims to further protect humans and the environment from the effects of hazardous materials and to facilitate trade while complementing the REACH Regulation.

The EU CLP Regulation is following GHS as close as possible, but the EU opted for an approach that is also remaining as close as possible to the Dangerous substances (67/548/EC) and Dangerous Preparations (1999/45/EC) Directives all while respecting REACH. Key differences between GHS and CLP are:

·        CLP does not take over all hazard categories

·        CLP  contains hazard categories not yet being part of GHS were added to retain the same level of protection (e.g. ozone depleting substances, EUH014(‘Reacts violently with water), EUH066(Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracking));

·        CLP takes over the old Annex I of Dir 67/548/EC;

·        CLP does not address SDS provisions, as they are covered by REACH;

·        CLP takes over the C&L inventory ( title XI ) from REACH

·        Transition periods (see figure 1 below)

Links between CLP and REACH