Guidance on Classification and Labelling


Where a biocidal product classifies in accordance with the CLP regulation the product must be labelled in line with the statutory requirements. The label should include:

  • The name, address and telephone number of the supplier
  • The nominal quantity of a substance or mixture in the packages made available to the general public (unless this quantity is specified elsewhere on the package)
  • Product identifiers
  • Where applicable, hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, precautionary statements and supplemental information required by other legislation.

All notified products in Ireland must contain an approval number on the product label. Notified products can be identified by their PCS number e.g. PCS00000

Guidance on labelling available at:



In most cases, suppliers need to decide on the classification of a substance or mixture. This is called self-classification.  There are normally four basic steps to classify a substance or mixture:

  • Collection of available information.
  • Evaluation of the information collected
  • Review of the information against the classification criteria.
  • Decision on classification.

If required by REACH, manufacturers and importers also need to classify substances which are not placed on the market, such as on-site isolated intermediates, transported intermediates or substances for product and process-orientated research and development (PPORD).

The classifications from the previous directives have been turned into CLP classifications. Suppliers may use these translations if both of the following conditions are met:

  • A substance was classified according to the Dangerous Substance Directive before 1 December 2010 or a mixture is classified according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive before 1 June 2015.
  • There are no further data available for the substance or mixture for the considered hazard class.

Guidance on classification available at: