The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and as such is bound by EU regulations. For pure substances, Austrian labels must be compliant with the EU’s GHS based CLP-regulation No. 1272/2008 – labels created to be compliant with Directive 67/548/EEC have expired. For mixtures, labels can be compliant with either 1272/2008 or with the previous Directive 1999/45/EC.
The UK is split into four regions (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) each with their own procedures for environmental protection and enacting EU chemical legislation. For information on policy from Northern Ireland and Scotland please refer to their Environmental Guidance for Your Business Page. For England information, support and compliance please refer here. For Wales please refer here. For the UK in general please refer to the Environment Agency page. Additional information on labeling and standards can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.
Please note that while the regulations for consumer and industrial label in the UK are the same, the concerns of industry and consumers may differ. For the latest news, advice for business and consumers, contacts, publications and legislation refer to the Office of Fair Trading. The Office provides in-depth information on many consumer and product safety issues, which may be useful to business.
The EU has fully adopted GHS under their CLP Regulation (Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures). The deadline for having new Labels has passed for pure substances – it was November 30, 2010. The deadline for mixtures is May 31, 2015. Not all the building blocks in the United Nations’ Purple Book were adopted by the EU CLP regulation.
All specific hazard text can be provided in English. Hazard text can be provided in additional languages upon request. Marketing text translation can be provided upon request.