Classification and Labelling

Before substances or mixtures are placed on the market, industry must assess the potential risks to human health and the environment and classify their product(s) in line with identified hazards. Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) legislation within Europe ensures that any hazards are clearly communicated to workers and consumers using standardised criteria.

Since 1 June 2015, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) is the only legislation to apply in Europe. The method that it introduced for classifying and labelling chemicals is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The Regulation replaced two previous pieces of legislation, the Dangerous Substances Directive and the Dangerous Preparations Directive. Although obligations under the new CLP Regulation are similar to the previous EU legislation, there are important differences and many products will need to be re-labelled to comply with CLP.

Our team of world-renowned scientists has many years of experience in identifying and evaluating hazard data on chemicals and can advise on appropriate classification and labelling of your substances or mixtures.


Four key steps to classification
  • Collection of available information – bibra scientists are experts in comprehensive searching for data on chemical hazard and risk
  • Assessment of the adequacy and reliability of the information – we can evaluate the data as to its suitability for use in predicting hazardous properties
  • Review of the information against the classification criteria – the interpretation of data can often require considerable expertise. We can assist you in placing the information alongside the relevant criteria for classification
  • Decision on classification – we have many years of experience in helping companies decide on appropriate classification and labelling


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