GHS is the abbreviation for "Globally Harmonised System" adopted by the UN in 2003 to provide a consistent worldwide basis for the classification and labelling of chemical products. GHS has been adopted worldwide, however, a full worldwide harmonisation is still far from being achieved because countries implementing GHS can choose what parts of GHS to implement into their national law. A lot of basic requirements are the same worldwide but significant differences remain in the classification and labelling criteria between the numerous countries and regions that did already implement GHS.
In EU GHS was implemented through the CLP-Regulation ("Classification Labelling and Packaging" - EU-Regulation No. 1272/2008). CLP adoption of GHS principles is an important and necessary step towards a safer handling of chemicals worldwide. Nevertheless, CLP has had several legislative updates making the system increasingly complex and requiring expert knowledge to comply to the requirements.
In addition to the classification and labelling of chemical products CLP introduced two major notification requirements for substances and mixtures (C&L-Inventory and poison centre notification). These further add to the already high compliance burdens of (especially small and medium sized) companies.
Our experienced team has supported our clients for over 20 years with safety data sheets and regulatory advice regarding the classification and labelling requirements. Our clients range from small producers with single products to large trading companies with a portfolio of several thousand products. We offer appropriate solutions for every situation to help companies comply with classification and labelling regulatory requirements.
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