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CLP Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 has been adapted to reflect the changes to the global classification and labeling system (GHS). The changes concern eg. physical hazard classes, phlegmatized explosives and flammable gases, health hazard class definitions, and hazard statements and precautionary statements. Changes in the classification and labeling of chemicals must be taken into account no later than 17.10.2020.

Regulation (EU) 2019/521 , the 12th technical adaptation of CLP, incorporates the changes to the GHS Sixth and Seventh Revisions into the CLP Regulation. The changes must be applied no later than 17.10.2020, but can be applied now.

For physical hazards, a new category of phlegmatized explosives is introduced. By these are meant solid or liquid explosives or mixtures which are phlegmatized to suppress their explosive properties. The hazards are associated with the risk of fire, explosion or fragmentation as well as an increased risk of explosion if the phlegmatizing factor is reduced. The hazard class is subdivided into categories 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Pyrophoric gases have been added to the hazard class of flammable gases. Pyrophoric gases can ignite spontaneously when in contact with air. The flammable gases will be further classified into categories 1A, 1B and 2, instead of categories 1 and 2. Pyrophoric gases will be classified in category 1A.  

Changes have also been made:

(*) criteria for substances and mixtures which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases

(*) general limit values

(*) for the classification of aerosols

(*) Hazard categories explosives, flammable gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, acute toxicity, skin corrosion / irritation, severe eye damage / eye irritation, respiratory and skin sensitization, genotoxic, carcinogenic, carcinogenic,

(*) for some hazard and precautionary statements.

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