Preparatory work

Member State competent authorities as well as manufacturers, importers or downstream users may submit proposals for harmonised classification and labelling of substances to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Before submitting a CLH proposal

Before a CLH proposal is submitted, it is recommended to check the Registry of Intentions, which contains information from the parties who intend to submit a CLH dossier to the Agency. This would avoid having two parties submitting a CLH dossier for the same substance.

Preparing a CLH dossier

The CLH dossier shall contain a proposal with the identity of the substance and the proposed classification, including a scientific justification for this proposal. The dossier needs also to contain a justification that action is needed at European Community level for other hazard classes than CMR (carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity) and respiratory sensitisers, unless the substance is an active substance in Pesticides or Biocides.

Submitting the CLH dossier

Currently Member States can submit CLH proposals by e-mail or via CIRCA. Industry can submit either by e-mail or by sending their dossier in a CD format.

Where to get help?

In case there are open questions on how to comply with the CLP Regulation, suppliers and authorities can receive support from various sources.

External support tools

An online tool ("GHS converter") in German and English language that helps SMEs to familiarise themselves with GHS/CLP is provided by Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie (BG RCI) on their website. Note that this tool has not been validated at European level and there is no guarantee as to the correctness of the classification and labelling details provided by the tool.