SDS – Safety Data Sheets control 2023

SDS – Safety Data Sheets control 2023

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.

SDSs quality

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:

SAFETY DATA SHEETS 2022 – don’t miss the deadline !

SAFETY DATA SHEETS 2022 – don’t miss the deadline !

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are documents for communicating information on the hazards of chemicals and mixtures and the risks they pose to human health and the environment.

The European Commission amended Annex II of REACH, concerning the compilation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS):

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2020/878 of 18 June 2020, amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

31st December 2022 – after this date, all safety data sheets will need to be updated to the new requirements. 

The new requirements include:

  • Alignment of SDS with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revisions 7 and 8;

  • Inclusion of Unique Formula Identifiers (UFIs) to Section 1 (in line with Regulation (EU) 2017/542);

  • Additional information requirements for substances placed on the market as a nanoform (in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1881) and for substances and mixtures with endocrine-disrupting properties;

  • Addition of the Specific Concentration Limits (SCLs), multiplying factors and acute toxicity estimates (ATE), if available, set in accordance with CLP 1272/2008.

The main sections of the SDS which have undergone revision are 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12.

Ekotox centers SDS webpages:

expert advice

Please contact the Ekotox Regulatory Team if you would like more guidance around the new requirements and the specific impact on your products.