Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are the primary means of communicating information on the hazards of chemicals and the risks they pose to human health and the environment, as well as on measures to control the risks. Article 31 of REACH requires that the supplier of a chemical, whether a manufacturer, importer, downstream user, distributor or an only representative, must provide customers with a SDS complying with REACH, if the chemical they supply is hazardous. The SDS supplied must be in the language of the country in which it is placed on the market and must contain the 16 headings as set out in Article 31(6) of the REACH Regulation.

Annex II of REACH, which lays out the requirements for compiling a SDS has been revised by Regulation (EC) No. 2015/830 to take account of the full implementation of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008, the repeal of Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC and to align with the 5th edition of  United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Since the 1 June 2015, Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this (EC) Regulation No. 2015/830. Safety data sheets provided to any recipient before 1 June 2015 may continue to be used and need not comply with the Annex to this Regulation until 31 May 2017 unless an update is required to meet the provisions of REACH Article 31(9)

Reference & General Guidance Information

For further information on safety data sheets, please see our information sheet publication.