ECHA Invites Companies to Get Ready and Notify in Time

September 13, 2010

HELSINKI, September 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The EU Regulation on
Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) places new legal obligations on
chemical companies operating in the EU market. By 1 December 2010, they are
required to classify and label their hazardous substances according to the
CLP rules.

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Industry has to notify the classification and labelling of substances
placed on the market to a central database, called the Classification &
Labelling Inventory. The database is established and maintained by ECHA. The
first deadline for notification is 3 January 2011. Key information from this
Classification and Labelling Inventory will also be made publicly available
on ECHA’s website. Confidential business information will not be disclosed to
the public.

The European Chemicals Agency estimates that the number of CLP
notifications will be in the millions and advises companies preparing for CLP
to notify in time. ECHA and national helpdesks in all countries of the
European Economic Area are ready to support industry and especially SMEs to
comply with their new obligations.

The notification is free of charge and the different IT submission tools
are in place. The 3 January 2011 notification deadline applies to all
substances that are placed on the market on 1 December 2010, regardless of
their volume.

Under the CLP Regulation, hazard information will be made available on
the labels of substances and mixtures. Pictograms, signal words, hazard
statements and precautionary statements will allow manufacturers, importers,
downstream users and distributors to easily share information on the hazards
of substances and mixtures.

This EU Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging will help
to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from
the hazards of chemicals used at home and at work. The CLP Regulation is
based on the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labelling (UN GHS). The worldwide standardisation will facilitate trade
between the EU and non EU countries by enabling exporters to use the same
description of hazards in their home country and the country they export to.

    Further Information:

    The CLP section on the ECHA website (in 22 languages):


    National helpdesks in all EU Member States:


    Press Contacts:

SOURCE ECHA – European Chemicals Agency

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