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CLP Revision

Overview

On 19 December 2022, the Commission proposed a revised Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP) and introduced new hazard classes – for endocrine disruptors and other harmful chemical substances – under the CLP to better protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals.

The revised Regulation will provide more clarity on labelling issues, such as readability and digital labelling, and increase compliance with CLP for online sales of chemicals, hence facilitating business, including for SMEs, and the free movement of substances and mixtures at EU level.

The revision was completed in the most targeted way possible, limited to achieving the objectives of the Strategy and addressing some additional concerns identified in the Fitness Checks on chemicals legislation and endocrine disruptors.

The revision follows the Commission’s Better Regulation provisions. It includes a thorough assessment of possible impacts of potential changes to CLP on the protection of human health and the environment and the functioning of the internal market.

 

Timeline

Previous and upcoming actions on the CLP revision

 

Studies and consultations to support the CLP revision

The impact assessment and the revision proposal will be informed by existing reviews and studies  (see here) as well as a new study that will analyse and assess policy options and impacts. Comprehensive consultations with stakeholders are ongoing and planned as part of the study, to ensure that all views and relevant information is taken into account. Those consultations include


Activity

  • Technical and Scientific Support to the Commission’s Impact Assessment for the Revision of the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) (Contractor: RPA/Ricardo/Fobig Framework Contract ENV.B.2/FRA/2020/0010)

Consultations

  • Targeted Stakeholder Consultation (November –December 2021) including Member State authorities/competent bodies, Representatives of EU industry associations/, EU- and national-level worker representative groups/trade unions, NGOs/environmental charities and consumer associations, academics/experts, SMEs and retail.
  • Stakeholder expert consultations via CARACAL and its subgroup(s) (September 2021 – January 2022)