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Chemical products with old labels off the shelves by 1 June 2017


Are you selling products containing hazardous chemicals?

Helsinki, 28 April 2017 – Companies must classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market.

From 1 June 2017, all chemical products placed on the market have to be labelled in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This marks the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures. If you still have products on your shelves with labels following the requirements of the previous legislation, you must now make sure that the products are either no longer placed on the market, or re-classified and re-labelled in accordance with CLP.

The purpose of the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. It is based on the Globally Harmonised System, agreed in the UN.

Get to know the CLP requirements and implement them. The national helpdesks can help you with questions on your obligations under the CLP Regulation.