The main objectives of the CLP include determining whether a substance or mixture displays properties that should be classified as dangerous. Once such properties have been identified and the substance or mixture has been classified, the identified hazards must be reported on the label. Also, specific provisions for packaging were stipulated to ensure the safe supply of dangerous substances and mixtures.

Since it is a European regulation, the CLP Regulation has been directly applicable in all member states since 20 January 2009, with periods of adaptation thereof, and has been binding in all respects since June 2015.

The CLP Regulation takes into account most of the recommendations of the GHS. However, it introduces variations thereon (EUH phrases, notification to poison centres under Article 45, etc.)

Chemeter automatically categorises products in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 (CLP).