Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) during the transition period
The UK is not a Member State of the EU. However, until the end of the transition period market access, and therefore UK-EU trade, should continue on the same terms as before.
What businesses need to know
During the transition period:
- classification, labelling and packaging requirements in place before the UK left the EU continue to be valid
- the UK will recognise all new and revised harmonised classification and labelling adopted through EU arrangements which will have legal effect in the UK
- HSE will not act as an EU CLP competent authority and will not participate in Risk Assessment Committee (RAC), CARACAL, CLP working group or REACH Committee meetings managed by the European Commission or an EU Agency. However, HSE may participate in EU/ECHA public consultations, commenting on new and revised harmonised classification and labelling proposals, and will offer, wherever possible, comments on any other proposed changes to CLP
- UK-based suppliers have the same rights as EU-based suppliers to have their proposals for harmonised classification and labelling accepted and processed by a competent authority based in another EU Member State provided the affected substance is placed on the market there
- HSE‘s e-Bulletins and the CLP Helpdesk (send your enquiry to [email protected]) will keep business up-to-date with developments
- the UK’s (HSE’s) involvement with the UN GHS work continues
The latest on negotiations
A transition period until 31 December 2020 is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements. We will publish the latest news on CLP regulations here or join our email newsletter.
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