Guidance on Labelling and Packaging
Version 4.0 - March 2019
This document describes specific provisions for the labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures under Titles III and IV of the Regulation (EC) N° 1272/2008 (the CLP Regulation or “CLP”). The aim of this document is to assist manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of substances and mixtures in the effective application of the CLP Regulation.
This guidance includes relevant amendments from the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th Adaptations to Technical Progress (ATPs) to the CLP Regulation, as well as the changes brought about by the ATP to the CLP Regulation related to labelling and packaging of liquid laundry detergents in a soluble packaging for single use (Regulation (EU) No 1297/2014).
This document also includes relevant changes introduced by Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/542, which amends the CLP Regulation by adding Annex VIII on harmonised information relating to emergency health response.
This document provides guidance on the labelling and packaging requirements of substances and mixtures set out in the CLP Regulation. The guidance opens in section 2 with a general overview, including legal background, scope of the CLP Regulation and updating of CLP labels. That section also includes information about timelines for classification, labelling, packaging and updating of CLP labels. The guidance continues in section 3 and section 4 with an explanation of the requirements for labelling and packaging and rules for the application of the CLP label elements. Section 5 provides guidance on particular aspects of CLP hazard labelling (e.g. exemption from certain labelling and packaging requirements, interaction between the CLP and transport labelling rules, labelling requirements for specific cases of unique packaging). Finally, section 6 and section 7 of the guidance provide practical examples illustrating different situations that may be encountered when designing labels.
In particular, this guidance aims to clarify:
- what types of supplemental information are possible, and where to place this information on the label (section 4.8 of this guidance document);
- the conditions for small packaging exemptions;
- the interaction between CLP and the transport labelling rules;
- the technical requirements for liquid laundry detergents in a soluble packaging for single use;
- how to select the most appropriate set of precautionary statements for the label;
- how to structure the information on the label for appropriate readability.