From June 2015, classification and labelling of mixtures for household detergents and cleaning products will become mandatory under the CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

The Regulation sets out the criteria for the classification and labelling of chemicals based on the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and will eventually replace the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD). The CLP Regulation implemented the UN GHS 2nd revised edition and is updated periodically via Adaptations to Technical Progress (ATP) to reflect further GHS revisions and changes in harmonised classifications.

CLP applies to all substances and mixtures except where specified in CLP Article 1 (with some exceptions specifically listed in Article 1).

The key principle of CLP is self-classification (except where a substance is listed in CLP Annex VI with harmonized classification and labelling) based on, as far as possible, existing data.