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Understanding CLP Labels

CLP (Classification, Labelling & Packaging) regulations has governed all new products that contain hazardous substances since 2015.  Since 1 January 2021 this is now part of the GB CLP Regulation. 


The regulations state that certain information must be supplied on all CLP Labels along with detailing specific requirements on shape and size of the information provided.


The information contained on a CLP label includes*:


  • Product Identifiers

  • Hazard Pictograms, where applicable

  • Hazard statements

  • Allergen information

  • Signal words

  • Precautionary statements

  • Supplier information (This must include your address and telephone number)


*The exact contents of your CLP label will depend on the fragrance oil you are using and the oil to base ratio.

Question and Answers

My CLP label does not contain any pictograms, are they correct?

Don’t panic, its normal for some labels to not have pictograms at all.  Some CLP Labels do not trigger signal words which require the Pictograms.  Below is some useful information on when the two most common pictograms is triggered:

The most common trigger for this pictogram is the statement “May cause an allergic skin reaction”. This pictogram is not triggered where only the statement “May cause an allergic reaction” is found.


The trigger for this pictogram is the statement “Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects”.  This pictogram is triggered by the term “Toxic” and is not triggered by the term “Harmful”


My labels only state “Safety Data Sheet available upon request”, Is this correct?

Yes, don’t worry this is normal.  There are some fragrance oils that don’t trigger any allergens, hazard statements or precautionary statements.  The standard statement where no labelling information is triggered is “SDS available upon request” or “Safety Data Sheet available upon request”.  This is perfectly normal.

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