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Safety Data Sheets

From 1 December 2010, Annex II of REACH was replaced by Annex I of Regulation (EC) No. 453/2010 (also known as the first amendment to Annex II). Annex I details changes to the format and content of the SDS to be implemented.  Annex II was updated again in June 2015 (second Revision to Annex II) to reflect the need for inclusion of CLP classifications for mixtures. 

As such there are a number of relevant deadlines for compliance with the revisions to Annex II:

  • 1 December 2010; the SDS for substances must use the first revision to Annex II after this date. The SDS for new mixtures must use the first revision to Annex II after this date.
  • 1 December 2012; The SDS for all mixtures must be compliant with the first revision to Annex II.
  • 1 June 2015; The SDS for all substances and mixtures must use the second revision to Annex II.
  • 1 June 2017; The SDS for mixtures ‘on the shelf’ must be re-issued with one in accordance with Annex II.

At any point in this process a SDS may be required to be updated in accordance with Article 31(9) of REACH. This situation occurs when new information on risk management measures (RMMs) or hazards (i.e. new classification) becomes available, when authorisation is granted/refused or a restriction is imposed.

In addition, REACH places an obligation on any actor in a supply chain who is required to prepare a Chemical Safety Report (CSR) to provide details of the exposure scenarios in an annex to the SDS (creates an extended SDS or eSDS). Preparation of the eSDS requires review of the CSR and collation of the relevant information into a format appropriate for use in an eSDS.

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