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What does GHS mean?

The Globally Harmonised System of the classification and labelling of chemicals which was implemented by the CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) in the EU.

Where does GHS come from?

The UNCED (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) wanted to introduce a standardised labelling of hazardous goods in 1992 in the Agenda 21, a development and environmental policy. 172 states and a lot of non-govermental organisations (NGOs) took part in the conference in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2008, the decisions were implemented into European law by the CLP Regulation.

What are the advantages of GHS/CLP Regulation?
  • a worldwide standardised classification and labelling of substances and mixtures
  • facilitation in global trade
  • harmonisation the law governing the transport of hazardous goods
  • an improvement of work, health, environment and consumer protection, such as safe transport
Which main changes does the new CLP Regulation have?
CLP Dangerous Substances Directive
Introduction of 2 new signal words: Warning and Danger -
9 new hazard pictograms 7 danger symbols
New criteria of classification: New boundaries for flammable, irritant and toxic symbols.
How does schülke implement this GHS/CLP Regulation?

As one of the leading companies in the industry, schülke will implement the GHS/CLP system as soon as possible. In the following months, schülke will change all the affected products according to the changes made by GHS/CLP. By 1 June 2015, schülke will have changed all the relevant manufactured products.

The GHS/CLP Regulation has deliberately left a period of two years to change all these labels. During this period it is still allowed to provide customers with products which are labelled according to the former guidelines, but it is also possible to label according to GHS/CLP. The changing period of two years is necessary so that, for example, traders can use up their existing stock.

What changes are there for our customers?

Essentially there are not very many changes for our customers. Only the classification of products into hazard groups has changed as the CLP Regulation is a lot stricter than the former regulations.

As the classification of substances and mixtures has changed, it is possible that some schülke products get a new description. The reason is the change in evaluation according to  the new regulations relating to GHS/CLP.

The changes get more obvious if you have a look at perform®, for example, as the chemical composition has not changed, but the intensity of the declarations through CLP is noticeable.


Medicinal products and cosmetics do not need to be declared according to CLP. These product groups must still be labelled according to the legislation.

Until when are the European changing periods?
  • for substances until 1 December 2010 (Sale until 1 December 2012)
  • for mixtures until 1 June 2015 (Sale until 1 June 2017)

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