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How Is The Law Changing For Chemical Labels?

Posted in CS Labels News by CS Labels on 13:40 February 06th, 2015
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Chemical Labelling Changes – Don’t Get Caught Out, Last chance to ACT NOW!

If you manufacture or distribute chemical products, and/or that product was previously classified under the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) or Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) (jointly legislated by CHIP) then you need to read this blog to make sure yourdigital labels don’t fall foul of the new rules called ‘CLP’ that come into force on 1 st June 2015.

If you are familiar currently with CHIP (Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for supply), then you need to know that they will be replaced by a system called GHS, (Globally Harmonised System on classification and labelling).


But Why Are These Laws On Chemical Labels Changing?

Throughout the world different chemicals could fall under different classifications. For example, a chemical could be labelled as ‘toxic’ in one country but not in another. This can act as a barrier to international trade. The earth summit (1992) and World summit (2002) recognised this as an important global issue and thus the new GHS system was developed. CLP is the European version of this new GHS system.

What Do I Need To Do?

The first step is to confirm that your label falls under one of the CLP rules:

  • 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 .

If so, then you will need to make sure your labels comply.

How Will My Label Have To Change?

  1. The old orange pictograms have been replaced by new white icons with a red border:

  1. The actual label HAS to comply with the below dimensions, including the pictogram(s)

    Capacity of Package

    Label Dimensions

    (at least)

    Dimensions of Pictogram
    (Not smaller than)

    Up to 3 litres

    52 x 74mm

    10 x 10mm If possible at least 16 x 16mm

    3 litres, up to 50 litres

    74 x 105mm

    23 x 23mm

    50 litres, up to 500 litres

    105 x 148mm

    32 x 32mm

    500 litres

    148 x 210mm

    46 x 46mm

There is no minimum text size. However, some member states recommend a minimum size of 1.8mm in order to warrant legibility of text.

Why Digital Labels Are Better...

  • There are no expensive set up charges. Digital printing is plate-free.
  • You can hold no, or minimal stock as turnaround time is fast.
  • If you have multiple languages, we can help you to fit them onto one label using peel and reveal or multi layered labels, or simply offer you cost-effective versioning as we can often print different variations of the same label design in the same print run using varilane technology.
  • If you are currently using flexographic or other traditional print processes, making the switch is easy, we’re here to help with friendly advice.
  • Our artwork team can project manage the whole process for you, whether you have 160 SKUs or 1. This can be in the form of a sensible contract if beneficial which can cover you for future artwork changes.
  • You will be working with a printer that can cope with large volumes of orders, both now and in the future.
  • Our talented artwork team can offer creative input to make your brand stand out on the shelf, as well as comply with the regulations.


More About CLP - When Did The Regulations Happen & Are There Any Exceptions?

CLP has been introduced gradually and has to be applied in full from 1st June 2015.

The regulation has applied to substances that are placed on the market since 1st December 2010. Mixtures (preparations) from the 1st June 2015.

There are circumstances where these changes can be extended: the re-labelling and re-packaging of substances and mixtures which are already labelled and packaged and in the supply change (“On the shelves”) on the above compliance dates may be postponed until the 1st December 2012 and 1st June 2017 respectively.

And The Future...CLP Won’t Stay Still

CLP applies to substances and mixtures preparations in general. But other specific groups of chemicals may also be subject to additional control and protective regimes: i.e. pesticides, biocides, carcinogens etc.

Certain parts of the CLP Regulation will be subject to change, and this can be expected every 12 months or so. Using digital labels ensures you avoid cost and time implications from any future changes.

Are There Any Areas Where CLP Does Not Apply?

CLP does not apply to the following:

  • Radioactive substances and mixtures
  • Substances and mixtures subject to customs supervision
  • Non-isolated intermediaries
  • Substances and mixtures for scientific research and development which are not placed on the market and are only used in control conditions
  • Waste

CLP does not apply to the following chemicals which are in the finalised state intended for the final user:

  • Medicines
  • Medical devices
  • Veterinary medicines
  • Cosmetics
  • Food
  • Feeding stuffs (i.e. food additive, food flavouring, feeding stuffs used in animal nutrition)

If I Fail To Comply, Who Will Enforce The Rules?

CLP, like CHIP, is enforced by the HSE and local authorities (i.e. trading standards officers). The General Pharmaceutical Council also has very limited enforcement powers, restricted to certain premises.

Contact us on 01902 365840 or sales@cslabels.co.uk for more information or a chat about CLP or our digital label service.