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So much information, so little space
Mixtures being placed on the EU market had to be reviewed by 1 June 2015 to comply with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This meant, in many cases, that mixture producers had to re-classify their products and include more information on the product label than before. The increased amount of information has proven to be challenging, especially for products sold in small packages.
CLP - harmonising communication on hazards
The CLP Regulation aims to make sure that the hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers in the European Union through the classification and labelling of chemicals. Workers and end users benefit from the review of hazard classifications.
"Basically, the intention of harmonised communication on hazards is a great benefit in terms of ease to share and to understand the hazards and risk management measures of chemical products around the world," says Dr Temeltaş.
Ms Brennan agrees but adds that "with CLP having different cut off limits for the same endpoint under GHS, and countries globally having adopted different building blocks of GHS, the aim has been somewhat diluted."
"With CLP, all companies have had to revisit the hazard classification of their products. This should result in more up-to-date and accurate hazard classifications of products," Ms Brennan concludes.
Text by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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