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CLP for mixtures in 2015


*Corresponding author
JSC International Limited, The Exchange, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1TS, United Kingdom


From 1 June 2015, mixtures should be classified and labelled in accordance with the CLP Regulation. Companies completing the re-classification should be aware that the change in classification systems may result in a more hazardous classification under CLP than originally under the DPD system. To minimise the impact of these changes and to provide a more meaningful classification, companies can rely on more expert judgement and bridging principles than using the default calculation methods.


The Regulation (EU) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) (1) entered into application in January 2009. This legislation aligns the classification and labelling of chemical substances and mixtures within the EU with the UN's Globally Harmonised System (GHS) (2).
The CLP Regulation entered into operation with a transition period from 2010 to 2017. During this time, CLP repeals the existing legislation on classification, packaging and labelling for supply; that is the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) (3) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) (4).
The transition period sets different deadlines for substances and mixtures (i.e. formulations or preparations composed of two or more substances). The deadline of the 01 December 2010 was set for substances being placed on the EU market to be classified and labelled according to CLP rather than DSD. For substances already on the market with DSD labelling there was a sell though period of two years for the substance to reach the final user without the need to re-classify and re-label in accordance with CLP. Therefore, from ...