2. E-liquid industry regulations – CLP
CLP is a regulation resulting from the REACH.
It is an acronym that comes from words: Classification, Labelling, and Packaging.
As you know those three issues are very important for the chemical industry. Nowadays, it may be obvious that chemical product on a shop shelf has a label informing you about any threats.
This information and the way we display it on a product are subject to CLP regulation. Moreover, CLP aims to ensure a high level of health and environmental protection, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures, and products.
CLP and its impact on the e-liquid industry
Substances and their mixtures can have different properties. Some of them can cause no harm to human health or the environment and some of them can be extremely hazardous. That is why the first step is to always define the possible hazard.
That kind of information is not only important for the end-user, but also for everyone who had to deal with it on the way. Starting from the producers, distributors, or even transporters and ending on consumers. Usually, in the EU, the chain of information starts with a manufacturer. However, if a company imports of the substance from outside of the EU this obligation can belong to the importer.
CLP affects labels
When the chemical (in our case – nicotine base, flavoring, or e-liquid) is correctly classified, you can start designing the label and select the appropriate packaging.
Depending on the threat level, the label of your product can have no extra marking or multiple mandatory pictograms, warning signs, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.
Regulations even cater to blind people, providing a warning sign in the form of a convex triangle in case if the chemical poses a threat or child-proof mechanisms when needed.
Moreover, designers must take into consideration all the above requirements when creating labels and packaging. Below you can see an example of pictograms on a NicShot packaging: