UN GHS and EU CLP

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 is the Regulation which aligns previous European legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals to the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS). Its main objectives are to facilitate international trade in chemicals, and to maintain the existing level of protection of human health and the environment.

A specific hazard category is dedicated to the flammability of aerosols under Chapter 2.3 of the UN GHS and under Annex I, Chapter 2.3 of the EU CLP.

FEA commissioned and endorsed an external independent legal opinion on the health classification of aerosols when using the bridging principles (CLP Annex I, 1.1.3.7).

Holding a Non-Governmental Organisation status at the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN SCE-GHS), FEA provides its specific expertise on aerosol dispensers. For example, FEA successfully advocated to allow minor linguistic variations in labelling which however do not affect the meaning and comprehensibility of the precautionary and hazard statements.

FEA also provided its expertise for the conversion of the decision logics related to aerosols into text.