The classification and labelling of chemical substances is undertaken to ensure their safe production, transport, use and disposal in the workplace and by consumers. It provides information on a chemical’s hazardous properties and appropriate control measures to reduce risks. The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, which entered into force across Europe in January 2009, is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The Regulation replaces two previous pieces of legislation, the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD), which have now been phased out following a transitional period until June 2015.

Classification and Labelling Notifications

We have a wealth of experience with the preparation and submission of CLP notifications, having contributed to classification and labelling proposals for REACH registrations, and having assisted our clients in submitting classification and labelling notifications to ECHA for substances that have not reached their REACH registration deadline yet, or which are outside of REACH. As well as Classification and Labelling Proposals for substances, we can assist clients in preparing their classification and labelling for mixtures under CLP.

Harmonised Classification and Labelling Dossiers

Where substances have an agreed classification under the DSD these have been harmonised to CLP classifications. Where additional data indicate that a revision of the harmonised classification and labelling is required, we have experience in completing 'Proposal for Harmonised Classification and Labelling' dossiers for our clients. We have also prepared CLH dossiers for plant protection product active substances.

The CLH dossiers include information on the existing classification and the proposed changes to the classification for the substance, along with a summary of the information on which the update is based and a scientific justification for the proposed changes.

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