What is SDS?

The Safety Data Sheet (SDS), formerly known as a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document which provides detailed information about a substance or mixture related to health effects of exposure to the product, hazard evaluation related to the product's handling, storage or use, the measure to protect workers who are at risk of exposure, and emergency procedures. SDS is therefore an important piece of document used primarily for the communication of hazards related to the substances or mixtures.

SDS needs to be prepared and provided for substances where a substance or mixture meets one of the following criteria:

It is classified as hazardous in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

if the substance is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or

if it is very persistant and very bioaccumulative (vPvB),

if the substance is included in the so-called “candidate list” for authorization (list published on the ECHA website).

Even though it is not mandatory to prepare one for consumer products (including cosmetics), it is an industry practice and it is advisable to have an SDS prepared. SDS needs to be provided in an official language of the Member State(s), where the substance or mixture is placed on the market by the chemical manufacturer, the distributor or the importer.

Information provided in the SDSs is used by workers who inform themselves about hazards and obtain advice on the safe handling of substances or mixtures, as well as by those who transport dangerous goods, emergency responders including poison centres etc.

The SDS format and content is strictly defined by global GHS-based regulations and it contains 16 standardized points. The countries that have adopted GHS have to issue their own regulations or standards to implement GHS criteria and provisions. In Europe, the SDS needs to comply with the EU CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures and REACH Regulation 1907/2006

CE.way uses a third party software to generate SDSs, and we can generate multilingual EU and UK accepted safety data sheets and ready-to-print labels, always up to date with all country-specific GHS regulations.

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