Classification, labelling and safety data sheets

Do you market chemical substances or products? Are you on top of the regulatory requirements on your markets?

We know the regulations for about 50 countries worldwide and can support you all the way: from classification of products and authoring of safety data sheets (SDSs) to preparation of your hazard labelling. Everything done in accordance with national rules and in national languages. 

If there are specific national bans or restrictions you should be aware of, we will help you find a solution. We also undertake to communicate with your suppliers to ensure that you get the necessary information on products and raw materials.

Don’t want to worry about regulatory requirements? Contact us!

Helle M Andersen

Tel.: +45 4516 9023
hma@remove-this.dhigroup.remove-this.com

Ilaria De Rosa Carstensen

Tel.: +45 4516 9369
idc@dhigroup.com

GHS – global guidelines, national regulations

The objective of GHS is to ensure uniform hazard criteria and hazard communication worldwide. GHS also outlines the guidelines for safety data sheets.

GHS is not a regulation but guidelines that may be implemented in the national legal framework. This implies that there are national variations in the classification and labelling of chemicals.

We know the national differences in the implementation of GHS so you can be sure that your products live up to the requirements of the countries where you market them. Furthermore, we have access to national substance lists with mandatory classifications.

 

What is GHS?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is the United Nations’ harmonised system for classification, labelling and packing of chemical products and mixtures.

Hazard labelling

Hazardous chemicals must carry a hazard label. Hazardous chemicals include all classified chemicals. There may also be a requirement for hazard labelling of non-classified chemicals depending on their constituents and use. The label requirements can vary from one country to another, but all countries require that the label must always be in the national language.

We are very knowledgeable about hazard labelling requirements and can supply you with accurate labelling information for any given country and in the required language(s).

Safety data sheets

If you manufacture or deliver chemicals for professional use you are responsible for supplying a safety data sheet together with the chemical.

The safety data sheet must comply with national rules and be in the national language(s) of the country in which the chemical is sold. This requirement applies to both substances and mixtures.

We have comprehensive experience in authoring safety data sheets for all types of chemicals. Through our in-house chemical management system we can supply you with safety data sheets in about 50 languages and in compliance with national regulatory requirements. 

We can also assist you with quality control of existing safety data sheets.

 

Notification of classification and labelling in the EU

In the EU, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances must notify substance classifications and labelling in accordance with the CLP Regulation to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The information is made available in the C&L Inventory, which is an open database.

Classification and labelling must be notified regardless of the amount produced or imported, and whether the substance is registered under REACH or not. For certain imported chemical mixtures it is also a requirement that the substances are registered.

We can help you notify substance classifications and labelling to the C&L Inventory.
 

EU poison centres and UFI codes

In the EU, all chemical mixtures must be notified to the national poison centre in the countries where the products are sold and they must be labelled with a unique formula identifier (UFI). This applies to all chemical mixtures whether classified for health hazards or physical hazards.

The deadline for notification is expected to be 1 January 2021, but the responsible authorities have not yet decided on the exact requirements. Contact us to learn the latest status and get guidance on what actions you should take.

GHS Portal

Our free GHS Portal makes it easy for you to stay updated on the global regulation on classification and labelling. It also helps you get an overview of the implementation of GHS worldwide.

Features include a search function for hazard and precautionary statements in languages of countries where GHS has been implemented, including all EU languages. You can also compare the implementation in different countries.