The United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system for the communication of hazards and toxicity of chemicals. GHS provides a basis for international chemical legislation, including, in the EU, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation EC 1272/2008.
Manufacturers, importers and downstream users of substances and mixtures must classify, label and package chemicals using pictograms, signal words and standard statements before placing them on the market. Manufacturers and importers must submit classification and labelling to information to ECHA’s C&L inventory.
Ensuring that hazard labelling and safety data sheets communicate risks effectively and in accordance with GHS and CLP is complex, costly and time intensive whether you import, manufacture or supply chemicals or mixtures.