CLP regulation (Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, (EY) N:o 1272/2008) regulates how chemical substances and mixtures are to be classified, labeled and packaged within the EU. The regulation follows the guidelines set by the UN’s GHS labelling system (Globally Harmonised System of classification and labelling of chemicals). The reasoning behind GHS is to standardize the way chemicals are labeled, to reach better chemical safety and to aid international trade of chemicals. The CLP regulation combines parts of the GHS and the repealed EU’s directives on Dangerous Substances (67/548/EEC) and Dangerous Preparations (1999/45/EY).

The CLP regulation determines the guidelines on classifying chemical substances and mixtures, e.g. which chemicals are harmful for the environment. When drafting a safety data sheet, it is important to check the limits for the relevant classifications. The regulation also instructs on the correct manner to label and package substances.

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