CLP - Classification, Labelling and Packaging



If you are a supplier of substances and mixtures and produce or import certain specific articles, you need to find out what duties you have under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation.

Under CLP you may have one of these roles:

  • manufacturer 
  • importer 
  • distributer (including retailer)
  • downstream user (including formulator / re-importer)

Everyone in the supply chain is responsible for ensuring that substances and mixtures are labelled and packaged correctly before being placed on the market.

This guide will explain to anyone importing, manufacturing or distributing chemicals in Northern Ireland and / or Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) how the EU CLP and GB CLP rules might affect their business.

Keep up to date with CLP

To keep up to date with news on EU CLP (such as updates on consultations, Adaptions to Technical Progress, new proposals to harmonise classification and labelling) you can register for the European Chemicals Agency weekly email.

To keep up to date with information relating to GB CLP, which is important if you wish to access the GB market, you can sign up to the Health & Safety Executive (GB) eBulletins.

You can also see our guide on how to keep up to date on chemicals regimes.