EU inspections to control safety data sheets (SDS) in the EU-wide enforcement project in 2023
The EU-wide enforcement project (REF-11) in 2023 will look at the quality of information in safety data sheets.
SDS – Safety data sheets are the main vehicles for communicating safety information in the supply chain. If they are deficient, workers and professionals may not receive adequate information to use hazardous substances and mixtures safely.
The poor quality of information in safety data sheets is a long-standing issue detected also in many earlier enforcement projects – up to 52 % were found to be deficient in the Forum’s REF-2 project in 2013. Experience from enforcement activities in Member States confirms that the issue persists.
The project will check compliance with the revised requirements under Annex II to REACH, which sets the content and format required for safety data sheets. With the revised requirements entering into force in 2023, this is a timely opportunity to have a harmonised project to check that companies across the EU are fulfilling this duty.
Any SDSs that were compiled according to the old Annex II requirements will have to be rewritten to comply with the updated requirements by 31 December 2022.
Inspections will run in 2023 and report in 2024.
Enforcement Forum webpages: https://echa.europa.eu/about-us/who-we-are/enforcement-forum/forum-enforcement-projects
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