Category Archives: SDS

Safety Data Sheets: ECHA Evaluates Quality Inspections and Issues New Guidelines

The REACH-En-Force (REF 5) monitoring project, aimed at improving the quality of safety data sheets (SDS), is entering a decisive phase. Its members will meet at the beginning of October to work out an overview of the problems with SDSs and … Continue reading

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Rotterdam Convention: Committee Recommends Measures for Additional Chemicals

At their 14th meeting, held in Rome in mid-September, members of the committee of the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations suggested including the industrial chemicals hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD); perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and all PFOA-related compounds; and pesticides phorate and … Continue reading

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Columbia Implements Sixth Edition of GHS

The Columbian Labor Ministry is looking toward mandatory implementation of the sixth edition of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals. It issued a decree to that effect on August 6. The implementation is the … Continue reading

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China: Ministry Sets Up Department to Manage Hazardous Chemicals

Established as recently as this spring, the new Chinese Ministry for Emergency Management (MEM) has created a department whose employees are responsible for the safety, monitoring, and management of hazardous chemicals. Their duties include ensuring production safety in the chemicals … Continue reading

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China: New Information Platform for Hazardous Chemicals

China‘s National Registration Centre for Chemicals (NRCC) has launched a new, integrated information platform (in Chinese). The platform enables companies to search for registrants of hazardous chemicals and the products they have registered. The test phase runs until October 2019. … Continue reading

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GHS Mandatory for All OECD States

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has made the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) mandatory for member states and prospective members. The implications of the decision are limited, said Bob Diderichs, director of … Continue reading

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APEC: Barriers to Cross-Border Trade

As part of its annual meeting, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum identified barriers to trading in chemical products and suggested solutions for how the barriers can be overcome. The information comes from the Final Report published by APEC. Barriers … Continue reading

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