EU Chemicals Agency Publishes Labeling Guidance

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BRUSSELS--The European Chemicals Agency April 8 published guidance for chemicals manufacturers and importers regarding packaging standards and the correct use of hazard labels for substances and mixtures in the European Union. The guidance covers issues such as the minimum information requirements for chemical labels, use of hazard and precautionary statements, as well as use of supplemental labeling information. It describes the labeling standards that must be used in the European Union to be in compliance with the 2008 CLP Regulation (classification, labeling, and packaging--Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008), which implemented the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into EU law (130 DEN A-6, 7/8/08). An ECHA spokesman said the guidance had been separated from a broader guidance document on the application of the CLP Regulation, and the classification of substances under the CLP regime. The stand-alone labeling guidance was more detailed that the sections on labeling that had previously been included in the broader guidance document, ECHA said. Full text of the guidance document on labeling and packaging under the CLP Regulation is available at http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/docs/guidance_document/clp_labelling_en.htm. The guidance document on the application of the CLP Regulation is available at http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/docs/guidance_document/clp_en.htm.