New guidance documents issued by ECHA in August 2009 include a hefty 528-page tome explaining the general principles behind the application of CLP criteria, as well as providing detailed guidance on how to classify and label substances and mixtures (physical, health and environmental hazards). Another recent publication, standing at a mere 117 pages, is an introductory guidance that presents the basic features of the CLP regulation and includes information on the notification deadline of 3 January 2011 and on the classification-based provisions of the REACH regulation (on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). In a third recent release, a lightweight at just 22 pages, ECHA attempts to answer the questions interested parties may have about the background to, and basic provisions of, the CLP regulation.

[Guidance on the application of the CLP criteria. Introductory guidance on the CLP regulation. Questions & answers on Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures. All three documents can be downloaded from the European Chemicals Agency website (via] {182918; 182930}

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