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European Commission's Updated CLP Regulation Introduces New Hazard Classes: ECHA Offers Guidance for Substances and Mixtures

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The European Commission has updated the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation to include new hazard classes. The new hazard classes are endocrine disruptors (ED) for human health or the environment, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), and persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT); very persistent and very mobile (vPvM).

Companies and Member State authorities can use current guidance until the guidance on applying the CLP criteria is updated in 2024. The new hazard classes will be included in the IT tool IUCLID in spring 2024. Companies will be able to include information related to the new hazard classes in their classification and labelling notifications, REACH registrations, and dossiers for product and process-oriented research and development (PPORD), as well as in their submissions under the Biocidal Products Regulation and poison centre notifications.

After the transition period, companies will be required to indicate if the substance is classified in any of the new hazard classes. Information on transitional periods and dates when the regulation starts to apply to different substances and mixtures is available on ECHA's website.



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