Workshop to address classification and packaging of mixtures challenges

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Workshop to address classification and packaging of mixtures challenges

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A Brussels based workshop to be held in September will address the challenges faced by EU companies in complying with the new rules for classification, labelling, packaging of mixtures. 

The CLP Regulation is relatively new EU legislation that adapted the harmonised criteria for the classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals to the international GHS system (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). 

The new provisions have applied for substances already since 2010, but for mixtures, which represent the vast majority of products on the market, the new provisions will apply as of 1 June 2015.

In light of this, industry associations, business support organisations, trade unions, and those who require to know more about and/or to comply with the regulation are invited to participate and contribute to the discussions that will be held at Albert Borschette conference center.

Important differences in new provision to be discussed

According to the European Commission, although the obligations of CLP are similar to previous EU legislation, there are some important differences.

The number of products that must be re-labelled to comply with the regulation is enormous and the majority of the operators concerned are SMEs, who may not be fully informed of the new regulation and the related obligations.

Therefore, the workshop aims to attract multipliers of information towards SMEs and to help spreading the message to companies of the need for action to update their chemicals labels in line with CLP.

According to the organisers, the programme will include:

  • Identifying main challenges for a timely implementation of the CLP Regulation
  • Discussing practical solutions to the specific needs of SMEs
  • Promoting the safe use of chemicals in Europe

"Its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. In line with international agreements, CLP requires companies to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market.​"

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