On January 20th of 2009 the new Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) was adopted.
The CLP Regulation incorporates the classification criteria and labelling rules agreed at UN level, the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). It introduces new classification criteria, hazard symbols (pictograms) and labelling phrases, while taking account of elements which are part of the earlier and existing EU legislation.
After a transitional period certain provisions will be replaced of the current directives related to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances ( Directive 67/548/EEC) and mixtures (preparations) ( Directive 1999/45/EC). These directives have been taken over into the Estonian law in the form of the Minister of Social Affairs regulation No 122 of 3rd of December 2004 "The requirements for identification, classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous chemicals".
Titles II, III and IV shall apply in respect of substances from 1 December 2010 and in respect of mixtures (preparations) from 1 June 2015.
Companies in the EU as well as importing and exporting to the EU will have to change the labelling and classification of all products within these periods both on labels and safety data sheets to be compliant.
CLP Regulation will ensure that hazardous chemicals will be described and labelled the same throughout the world and will contribute to the harmonious development of world trade and to the progressive annulment of restrictions. For the worker and consumer it will reduce the confusion, potential errors and misunderstandings that can occur when exposed to differing forms of labelling and communication of data through different types of labels and safety data sheets.