On July 16, 2018, the European Commission published a draft regulation amending the Regulation (EC) No 1272/20008 on Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures. The amendment is brought up in order to align the CLP regulation with the 6th and 7th revised editions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations (UN).

The specific changes, detailed in the Annexes, include some modifications in the sections on the “generic-cut off values” and on the “acute toxicity estimate (ATE) values and criteria for acute toxicity hazard categories,” along with provisions concerning “the aerosol form of mixtures.” In addition, the new regulation introduces “a new hazard class for desensitized explosives and a new hazard category, pyrophoric gases.” The feedback period is open until August 13, 2018.

Update May 5, 2020: The final version of the regulation entered into force on May 1, 2020.

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EC (July 16, 2018). “Classification and labelling of chemicals – alignment to revisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System.

Chemical Watch (July 19, 2018). “EU opens consultation on updating CLP alignment with GHS.

Chemical Watch (October 16, 2018). “EU publishes 13th ATP to CLP.”

Chemical Watch (May 5, 2020). “13th ATP to CLP begins application in EU.”


EC (July 16, 2018). “COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.” Ref.Ares(2018)3765361-16/07/2018 (pdf)

EC (July 16, 2018). “Annexes I-VI.” Ref.Ares(2018)3765361 – 16/07/2018 (pdf)

EC (May 2020). “Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1480.” (pdf)