The CLP Regulation
European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures came into force on 20 January 2009 in all EU Member States, including the UK. It is known by its abbreviated form, ‘the CLP Regulation’ or just plain ‘CLP’.
The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.
As GHS is a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national or regional legal mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding. That’s what the CLP Regulation does.
As GHS was heavily influenced by the old EU system, the CLP Regulation is very similar in many ways. The duties on suppliers are broadly the same: classification, labelling and packaging.
The existing legislation on classification, labelling and packaging has been agreed at European Union level and, from 2015, will be directly applied on all EU member states, including the UK.
The rules they have to follow when they are classifying will change though, and a new set of hazard pictograms (quite similar to the old ones) are used:
GHS hazard pictograms
EU’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulations (known as CLP).
CLP (European Regulations (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) actually came into force in 2009 (January) in all EU Member States, which also includes the UK. It was agreed by the EUL (European Union Level) that as from the 1st June 2015 these rules would apply including the UK. EN15494 provides some standardized fire safety warnings that most manufacturers choose to include, communicating perhaps the greatest risk posed by a candle. CLP only applies to Home Fragrancing Products (Not – Cosmetics) which are classed under separate rules. CLP effects the following Products:- Reed Diffusers, Wax Melts, Scented Sachets, Room Spray, Candle etc. (Including any other products that may fall in to this category) Many fragrances ingredients, are known eye/skin irritants, skin sensitizers or are environmentally hazardous substances, if present at concentrations above the cut-off values listed in section 16 on the MSDS, they trigger health or environmental warning statements and/or pictograms which should then be clearly stated on any labelling/packaging.
Small Packaging Exemptions
CLP provides certain exemptions for substances and mixtures contained in packaging that is small (typically less than 125ml) or is otherwise difficult to label. The exemptions allow the supplier to omit the hazard and/or precautionary statements or the pictograms from the label elements normally required under CLP. Please Note:- The information provided is based on our understanding of the New CLP Legislation so far. We have tried to simplify as much as we can for your understanding, we will continue to update, as we gain further in-depth information on any additional requirements.
CLP Labelling Technical Support
All relevant information is available to download direct from our website, which will also include standard Product Labelling information for the following products: Candles based @ max 10% ratio and Reed Diffusers @ max 20% ratio formulation including the SDS for the finished product and the SDS, IFRA & Allergen Declarations for the fragrance oil. Please Note: The information will be provided in good faith and is to the best of our current knowledge but may be subject to change. Furthermore, it only represents the CLP contribution of the fragrance components and does not take into consideration any other ingredients that may be contained within the final product. The ultimate responsibility for the classification and labelling of the final product lies with the person placing it on the market. We recommend that this is determined using the information contained within the SDS of the neat fragrance in conjunction with that of the other ingredients within the final product.
Product Label (CLP) & Safety Precaution Information
Alternatively you can download the product Label Information file for Candles @ 10% ratio and Reed Diffusers @ 20%. On our website listed under each fragrance type. Please also remember that all products including Candles, Diffusers, Rooms spray etc. also require standard safety precaution information for use:- Please see examples of the information you will need to add to your labels including. Direction of Use & Precautions for use/safety information for Candles & Reed Diffusers