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CLP from 01 January 2021

Chemicals classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) from 01 January 2021

The CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) ensures that the hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers through classification and labelling of chemicals.
From 1 January 2021, the European Union (EU) CLP Regulation will be replaced in Great Britain by retained EU law – the GB CLP Regulation. HSE will act as the GB CLP Agency.
Businesses based in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that place chemicals, substances and mixtures on the GB market will have to comply with the GB CLP Regulation.

Key changes:

  • GB-based businesses supplying the GB market with chemicals (substances and mixtures) will deal with HSE as the GB CLP Agency instead of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
  • GB-based businesses will be required to notify the GB CLP Agency of the classification and labelling of the substances they place on the GB market.
  • GB-based businesses must classify and label their substances, where required, in accordance with GB MCL and with the entries in the GB MCL list hosted and managed by the GB CLP Agency.
  • GB-based downstream user or distributor supplied by business in the EU/EEA will become an importer after the end of the transition period if these supply arrangements continue.
  • Responsibility for the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals exported to the EU/EEA from Great Britain will rest with the EU/EEA-based importer.

Composites UK members can download more information and a checklist to support preparations here 

View the HSE/Defra webinar about CLP here:

For more information visit the HSE website


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