CLP 101. You’ve Been Asking.

It is important that companies know what their CLP requirements are. Assent Compliance field regular questions on the topic and would be happy to help your company if you think you may have CLP requirements.

At Assent we always look forward to answering your regulatory questions. Once the same question is asked more than a hand full of times it is more than just a question, it’s a trend. Recently we’ve been asked on almost a daily basis about CLP under the REACH regulation.

For this post we have attached a brief summary and link as well as touched on some of the ways that Assent Compliance helps companies comply with CLP through a combination of software tools and world class consulting.

CLP 101:

The CLP regulation sets the rules for classification and labeling of chemicals. It aims to determine whether a substance or mixture displays properties that lead to a classification as hazardous.

CLP itself does not set information requirements (except for determining physical properties). The information requirements laid down in REACH will however, ensure availability of much data.

Once such properties are identified and the substance or mixture is classified accordingly, manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of substances or mixtures, as well as producers and importers of certain specific articles (explosive articles which are subject to classification according to Part 2 of Annex I to CLP) should communicate the identified hazards of these substances or mixtures to other actors in the supply chain, including to consumers.

The hazard of a substance or mixture is the potential for that substance or mixture to cause harm. It depends on the intrinsic properties of the substance or mixture. In this connection hazard evaluation is the process by which information about the intrinsic properties of a substance or mixture is assessed to determine their potential to cause harm. In cases where the nature and severity of an identified hazard meets the classification criteria, hazard classification is the assignment of a standardized description of this hazard of a substance or a mixture causing harm to human health or the environment.

Hazard labeling allows for the communication of hazard classification to the user of a substance or mixture, to alert the user to the presence of a hazard and the need to avoid exposures and the resulting risks.

CLP sets general packaging standards, in order to ensure the safe supply of hazardous substances and mixtures.

What do these changes mean for you?

If you supply a chemical, you should:

o Make sure you understand what your duties are under the new CLP Regulation. You
will have duties if you: import, manufacture, formulate, mix, distribute, or sell
chemicals.

o Make sure you understand the transitional periods to ensure that you re-classify, label
and package on time.

o Co-operate with others in your supply chain, to make sure the changes are managed
smoothly.

o Check that your chemicals are correctly classified and that your product labels are
accurate.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/chemicals/classification/how-does-clp-work/

Further reading on the subject: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/chemicals/files/ghs/clp_introduction_en.pdf

What Can Assent Do ?

Our team of IT developers, engineers and REACH consultants have developed a module in Assent Compliance Suite as well as provide expert guidance for companies with CLP requirements. If you think you may have CLP requirements and are unsure about any compliance related issue feel free to contact Assent anytime and we would be happy to provide a free assessment. (www.AssentCompliance.com)

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• Software Solutions for Environmental Compliance
• RoHS, REACH, WEEE Consulting
• Engineering Assessments
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