Are you ready for CLP?

Posted in Digital Label Manufacturer by Alison Wileman on 20:52 March 31st, 2014
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If you are in the chemical industry or indeed sell or distribute products that contain certain chemicals you have no doubt heard about the upcoming changes to the way that substances and mixtures are labelled. This article covers everything you need to know about the changes, and how digital labelling can be the key to help to make sure your chemical labels enjoy a seamless transition over to the new legislation.

What is CLP?

CLP regulation (Classification, Labeling and Packaging) or CLP is the new EU legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. It is being brought in to replace the old DPD classification system currently in use. CLP has been designed to provide a system to classify and label the hazardous properties of substances and mixtures and ensure that this is communicated consistently and clearly through the supply chain.

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What does it mean to me?

It means you may have to make very important changes to your labels by a certain deadline (see the bottom of this article for those deadlines). The CLP Legislation is directly applicable to suppliers who manufacture, import, use or distribute chemical substances and mixtures. A substance or mixture that is present in your product has to be labelled according to the CLP rules where:

  • the substance or mixture is classified as hazardous;
  • a mixture, even if not classified as hazardous, is addressed in Part 2 of Annex II to CLP.

 
 
 

How can CS Labels help?

Thanks to our digital label printing capability you do not have to worry about costly plate charges when making changes to existing labels. It’s as simple as incorporating in new text or pictograms to existing artwork and then outputting the labels as usual. However, the legislation changes do mean that you might need to include extra information on your label. Getting creative is the key here, and luckily the power of digital, and the option of our peel and reveal label product means it doesn’t have to be a complex scenario.

Peel and Reveal Labels can be a great solution to CLP Legislation

CS Labels pioneered digitally printed peel and reveal labels a few years ago and the CLP is the perfect opportunity to utilise this smart and attractive way of packaging your products.



Available in up to five page constructions, peel and reveal labels enable you to add more information to a label without taking up valuable space. Whether it’s multiple languages or product ingredients a peel and reveal label is an ideal solution for the impending changes that the CLP legislation will bring.


Need expert advice?


Our team are well versed in the legislation changes and what CLP means to your brand. So if you need any extra help or advice, please just ask.

And finally….when do these changes need to be put in place? In cases where a mixture has already been classified, labelled and packaged according to CLP before 1 June 2015, customers only need to use the CLP, and not the label according to DPD.

And finally….when do these changes need to be put in place? 

In cases where a mixture has already been classified, labelled and packaged according to CLP before 1 June 2015, customers only need to use the CLP, and not the label according to DPD.
Where a mixture is already classified, labelled and packaged according to the DPD rules and placed on the market before 1 June 2015, the manufacturer, importer, downstream user or distributor may postpone its re-labelling and repackaging according to the CLP rules until 1 June 2017.