The CLP label, labelling in practice

Safety data sheet knowledge base – CLP labelling in practice


Products subject to chemical safety should be labelled in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP).


Labelling obligation

  • If the substance or the mixture itself is classified as hazardous according to CLP regulation
  • If it is an explosive article
  • If it is a non-hazardous mixture containing one or more substances classified as hazardous above the concentrations referred to in Part 2 of Annex II to CLP

Exemptions for labelling products under 125 ml (1.5.2 of Annex I  to 1272/2008/EC)


Information sources for creation of a label according to CLP regulation

An an importer

The label should be based on Title III of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

As a distributor

The label should be created according to Section 2.2 of the safety data sheet.

As a reseller

No task, exept if the label is damaged


General labelling aspects

  • “Hazard communication in the form of labelling” principle
  • Language of the label
  • “Supplemental information” on the label
  • Readabilty/visibily rules
  • “Organizing” rules


Elements of the label of hazardous products

  • The name, address and telephone number of the supplier(s)
  • Nominal quantity (for consumer use)
  • Product identifiers

If applicable:

* In case of consumer use, the precautionary statements concerning the disposal of the substance or mixture as waste and the disposal of the packaging as waste as well.

  • Section for supplemental information (obligatory and non-obligatory elements)


Obligatory section for supplemental information on the label

  • EUH statements (set out in sections 1.1 and 1.2 of Annex II and in section 2 of Annex III) shall be assigned to substances and mixtures classified for physical, health or environmental hazards
  • Hazard statements for the given substances in Annex I
  • Information on special responses.
  • EUH401 statement in case of plant protection products
  • Label elements resulting from requirements specified in other legislation – surfactants and fragrances (detergents), flammable labeling requirements of aerosol dispensers or VOC content according to Directive 2004/42/EC (VOC).
  • Mixtures with individual EUH statements:

Mixtures containing lead

Mixtures containing cyanoacrylates

Cements and cement mixtures

Mixtures containing isocyanates

Mixtures containing epoxy constituents with an average molecular weight ≤ 700

Mixtures which contain active chlorine

Mixtures containing cadmium (alloys) and intended to be used for brazing or soldering

Mixtures not classified as sensitising but containing at least one sensitising substance

Liquid mixtures containing halogenated hydrocarbons

Mixtures not intended for the general public containing certain substances in a given minimum concentration



Minimum dimensions of labels and pictograms

According to Commission Regulation (EU) No 286/2011:

Capacity; Dimensions of the label (mm); Dimensions of each Pictogram(mm)

< 3 litres; 52 x 74; 10 x 10 (min.), 16 x 16 (opt.)

3 – 50 litres; 74 x 105; 23 x 23

50 – 500 litres; 105 x 148; 32 x 32

above 500 litres; 148 x 210; 46 x 46


Special labelling instructions

  • Transportable gas cylinders (Section 1.3.1. of Annex I to CLP)
  • Gas containers intended for propane, butane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (Section 1.3.2. of Annex I to CLP)
  • Aerosols and containers fitted with a sealed spray attachment and containing substances or mixtures classified as presenting an aspiration hazard (Section 1.3.3. of Annex I to CLP)
  • Metals in massive form, alloys, mixtures containing polymers, mixtures containing elastomers (Section 1.3.4. of Annex I to CLP)
  • Explosives, as referred to in Section 2.1 of Annex I to CLP, placed on the market with a view to obtaining an explosive or  pyrotechnic effect (Section 1.3.5. of Annex I to CLP)


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