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Ecolab contamination control introduces new product labelling in response to CLP regulations

Ecolab Contamination Control, a worldwide provider of leading products and services for the control of microbial contamination in the cleanroom environment, has updated labels and documentation for its entire fluid product range. This is an important step to meet changes to industry regulations which came into force on 1 June 2015.

Ecolab notified their customers of this change in December to ensure compliance with the Classification Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), a European regulation based on recommendations from the UN initiative, Global Harmonised System for classification (GHS), aimed at standardising hazard labelling worldwide. These requirements are imposed on EU manufacturers by the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The Regulation states that from 1 June this year all products were legally required to display new hazard symbols developed under the CLP. From this date customers who purchase an unsupported or non-compliant product may be forced to make changes or potentially cease production of their own products.

Although this means some hazard classifications will change and this will be clearly evident on the new labels as well as within updated safety data sheets and product certificates, Ecolab Contamination Control has confirmed that it will not be altering any product formulations because of CLP. For this reason any changes only affect labelling and associated documentation.

James Tucker, marketing director at Ecolab Contamination Control says: "The formulations of our products will remain exactly the same as before and there will be no change to the extremely high standards of production which conform to our Process Match assurance.

"Throughout the development and supply of our products we ensure that they are compliant with the latest guidance from regulatory bodies such as the European Chemicals Association which keeps us at the forefront of delivering contamination control without compromise."

Ecolab Contamination Control is also taking this opportunity to update product names to help indicate the active ingredients and to clarify key product features. This is being supported by the review of the product colour coding for operator’s ease of use.

"Following consultation with our customers we are taking advantage of the changes forced upon us by CLP to introduce the new branding," says Tucker. "This is aimed at giving added clarity and immediate recognition to our product range, making it easier for our customers to use them with total confidence.

"This also means we are prepared for the Biocidal Products Regulation in good time, ensuring our customers will not be faced with further labelling changes in the near future because of this."

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