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Hazardous materials labelling

When you sell hazardous substances and mixtures to buyers in the European Union or United Kingdom, you must follow the requirements of the Classification, Labelling, and Packaging Regulation (CLP). 

Displaying hazardous materials information on your listings provides buyers with clear information about how hazardous a product is and can help them make an informed buying decision. Hazardous materials include, for example, many cleaning products, solvents, paints, varnishes, adhesives and aerosol sprays. Sellers need to indicate in their listing the hazard properties indicated on the label of the product. This page will provide you with details of what you need to do. You can find more information on the European Chemical Agency’s website - opens in new window or tab.

Sellers affected by CLP

The Classification, Labelling, and Packaging Regulation applies to all sellers whose items ship to the European Union or United Kingdom.

Indicate hazardous properties on eBay

You can include the hazardous material information when you create new listings or revise existing listings. Here's how to add hazardous material information to your listing:

  1. Create a new listing or revise an existing listing
  2. Go to the Item disclosures section.
  3. Select the toggle next to Hazardous Material.
  4. Choose one Signal Word (Warning or Danger), up to 4 Pictograms and up to 8 Statements.
  5. You can also add Additional information (120 characters). The text field does not support URLs. If you want to add a link to more details, then you will need to update your item description.
  6. For cases where more pictograms or statements are required, you can add a picture to your listing to display the associated hazard information (pictograms, signal word and statements).

Here's how to add hazardous material information to your listings in bulk:

  1. Create multiple new listings or select a group of existing listings to revise
  2. Use the check boxes on the right to select which listings you want to add hazardous materials information to.
  3. From the Bulk edit drop down choose Hazard information.
  4. Select the radio button next to Change to.
  5. Choose one Signal Word (Warning or Danger), up to 4 Pictograms and up to 8 Statements.
  6. You can also add Additional information (120 characters). The text field does not support URLs. If you want to add a link to more details, then you will need to update your item description.
  7. For cases where more pictograms or statements are required, you can add a picture to your listing to display the associated hazard information (pictograms, signal word and statements).

Categories and products requiring hazardous materials information 

Business and private sellers need to display hazardous materials labelling information on specific products, when sold as new items, if there is a labelling requirement. For example:

  • Aerosol cans, spray cans
  • Building and assembly foams
  • Car oil & lubricants
  • Care and cleaning products
  • Chemicals
  • Glazes
  • Glue & adhesives
  • Paints & varnishes
  • Rodenticides (rat poison, mouse poison, etc.)
  • Solvents

The above list is not extensive and may change as the law changes.

Shipping hazardous materials

Some hazardous materials products are prohibited by the shipping carrier or have restrictions on which type of shipping service may be used. To sell items with these restrictions, sellers must follow all shipping carrier guidelines and specify applicable shipping restrictions in the item description. For more information, please see the Hazardous materials policy.

Please review your listings and make sure they comply with regulatory requirements and eBay's policy on hazardous substances.

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Keep in mind that these regulations apply to the item you sell in the European Union or United Kingdom, regardless of your registration country.

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