By Sphera’s Editorial Team | June 1, 2017

Who: European Union

The two-year transition period to comply with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation, or CLP, ended June 1, 2017.

Implication: It is now illegal for products labeled with the former EU Dangerous Preparations Directive, or DPD, requirements to still be on the market in the European Union.

Distributors and retailers can no longer sell products with old labels. This means that all chemical products on the market in the European Union need to be labeled with the new red and white diamond-shaped pictograms.

You can also consult the ECHA newsletter for more information.

According to the CEPE, the European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists’ Colours Industry:

“Formulators have no legal obligations in respect of mixtures they already placed on the market before 1 June 2015, so distributors cannot insist that our members have to re-label or take back their old stocks (furthermore as of today it is illegal for a distributor to sell DPD-labelled product back to his supplier, as for any other placing on the market). It makes good sense however for actors in the supply chain to cooperate to find solutions, in the interests of sustainability as well as economics.”.

For additional guidance, please visit the CEPEs’ website.