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The EU CLP regulation is derived from the internationally agreed GHS. The GHS is developed and maintained at United Nations level with the aim of avoiding different hazard information requirements on physical, health and environmental hazards for the same chemicals around the world.
Countries and regions have adopted the GHS into law. The European Union have adopted GHS through the CLP regulation. It is not identical to the GHS but very similar. The responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of CLP lies with the manufacturers and importers in the European Union. Similarly, manufacturers and importers in other countries are responsible for complying with the GHS legislation in their own countries.
European manufacturers or importers are obliged to classify, label and package their substances and mixtures according to the requirements of CLP. In the case of importers, there are different ways that they can carry out their responsibilities under CLP. They can self-classify, or they
can refer to harmonised classifications (for substances where these are available).
When the importer is gathering information to classify the substance or mixture, they will typically refer to the classification. labelling and packaging information provided by their supplier. The primary source of this information is the safety data sheet prepared by the supplier.
Under GHS legislation in force in South Africa, South African manufacturers of substances and mixtures, including essential oils and vegetable oils,classify those substances before placing them on the South African market (see SANS 10234:2019). This information would be included in the safety data sheet prepared by the manufacturer for that substance or mixture.
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