From 1 June 2015, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging, EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP) will be the only legislation to apply to the classification and labelling of both substances and mixtures (defined as solutions composed of two or more substances).

The main changes are:
1. Modification of the danger symbols and the classification of substances: some products shall be re-labeled due the introduction of new pictograms (see the example of pictograms)
2. Modification of classification of mixtures due the new criteria according to CLP: some mixtures not classified hazardous according to the criteria of Directive 1999/ 45 / EC will instead be classified as hazardous according to CLP , therefore formulations of mixtures should be reviewed to verify the classification according to CLP Regulation . Indeed, the new classification criteria may be more stringent than those of Directive 1999/ 45 / EC (such as for mixtures that contain substances that are classified as eye irritation / serious eye damage limits that have lower generic concentration limit to determine the classification of the whole mixture).

Directive 1999/45/EC Regulation 1272/2008

Involved figures:

  • Suppliers of hazardous mixtures
  • Suppliers that shall provide safety data sheets (SDS)
  • Companies that are manufacturers or importers of dangerous mixtures
  • Suppliers that refill, repackage or reimport hazardous chemicals into the EU without changing their composition

By way of derogation, mixtures classified, labelled and packaged in accordance with Directive 1999/45/EC and already placed on the market before 1 June 2015 are not required to be relabeled and repackaged in accordance with this Regulation until 1 June 2017.