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CLP Regulations - What Are They?

Friday, January 29, 2010


Any retailer who sells paint or solvents such as white spirit, etc, will have seen the familiar orange and black warning symbols which adorn the packaging of these chemically based products.  Well, things are about to change with the introduction of a new piece of EU legislation - the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP).

The main responsibility for deciding what symbols apply to chemicals is with the manufacturer who first places the product onto the market. The good news is that with the advent of the new labelling requirements, the main responsibility stays with the manufacturer.

The new Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation is intended to be a major step towards a globally harmonised system (GHS) for labelling. That’s good – it may make a wider range of products available for the European Market which were not allowed before. One of the most important points is that there are separate deadlines for chemicals and mixtures (products containing more than one chemical as an ingredient). These must be compliant with the new labelling requirements by December 2010 and June 2015 respectively. Another feature is that suppliers of the products can choose any time up to these dates to implement the changes which will filter down the supply chain at different times. The situation is made more confusing by a further two year period of grace to consume stocks once they have left the manufacturer.

Everything understood so far? Well read on... White Spirit for example must be re-labelled between now and December 2010. However paints which contain the product as an ingredient can be re-labelled at any time from now until June 2015. So, some of the products on your shelves may be re-labelled now and others in June 2015. This effectively means there will be mix of old and new, with different words and symbols in the same part of your showroom. And it’s not just paints, it might be glues, toilet cleaners, fire lighting chemicals, kitchen cleaners and many more. In some cases symbols will be added to chemical products that have never had them before.

Please rest assured that as with all new legislation, Bartoline will ensure that all of it products whether they be Bartoline label or our large customers own brands will comply with the new regulations well before the deadline dates. Indeed some of items are already complaint.  We will also ensure that the change over to the new system will be as smooth as possible and within time scales to ensure old labelled stock can legally be sold through.

If you need any further clarification or would like to discuss further how this important piece of EU legislation will be implemented by Bartoline, then please contact our HSE Manager on 01482 678727 or email


28th January 2010.

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