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Information on CLP

Regulation of the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of 16 December 2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) and amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 – published on 31 December 2008 Official Journal L 353 / 1 of 31.12.2008

CLP Regulation came into force on 20 January 2009, directly applicable in all Member States.

The abbreviation comes from the name CLP Classification, Labelling and Packaging

Classification – classify substances and mixtures because of:

  • threat to human health
  • threat to the Environment
  • Physical and chemical threat  

Labelling – substances and mixtures by determining their properties causing a threat should be properly marked to warn their users (professional users, consumers) against the dangers posed by
and Packaging – Special rules for labeling OUTER, internal packaging and wrapping, as well as requirements for resistant fastenings children and tactile warnings for substances and mixtures offered for sale to all consumers.
The labeling and packaging in accordance with the CLP should be included in the labeling regulations for the transport of dangerous goods.
CLP Regulation entered into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, ie 20 January 2009 (Article 62). This does not mean that all rules are applied immediately.
 Titles II (Classification), III (CE) and IV (PU) apply in relation to the substance from
1 December 2010, and for mixtures – from 1 June 2015


  • harmonize the criteria for classification of substances and mixtures, and rules on labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures of hazardous
  • introduces the obligation to classify, label and packaging of substances and mixtures that are marketed
    establishes a list of substances with harmonized at Community level, classification and marking
  • requires manufacturers and importers of substances required to report to the European Chemicals Agency classification and labeling elements, if they have not been presented to the Agency under the registration under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH)
  • establishes a list of classification and labeling, which consists of all applications (classification agreed upon by marketing), classification and labeling

CLP in Poland

CLP as the regulation is directly applicable in each of its parts, without the need to implement into the Polish law

  • In Poland it is necessary to include: adaptation of the terminology (preparation – a mixture), the establishment of competent authorities responsible for receiving requests for classification and labeling, regulators, the introduction of penalties for non-compliance
  • Changes will be introduced through the amendment of the Act on chemical substances and preparations (new law on chemicals and their mixtures – at present – March 2010 was completed phase of external consultation, May 2010 – uzgodnieniowa conference, January 2011 – the work of Parliamentary Commissions)
  • The need for changes in other laws related to law / CLP (eg the law on biocides, cosmetics Act, the Act on plant protection, etc.)