Part two—Global regulatory update: What’s happening with GHS?

Categories: Featured, REACH Registration Services, Regulatory Advisory Services, WERCS Studio Software May 31, 2016

If you caught part one of our recap of some notable country/region-specific chemical regulation updates related to GHS, welcome back. Here in part two, we’ll explore the EU and China*.

European Union

  • REACH regulation replaced the original chemical inventory from 1967
  • These registration deadlines have mostly passed, except for the one-ton-per-year requirement, for which the deadline is May 31, 2018
  • EU regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) is based on GHS Revision 4
  • It contains EU-specific phrases
  • The required language varies from country to country


  • China adopted the GHS Revision 4 and started implementation in 2008
  • In 2013 it added 28 new classification standards, including Aspiration Hazards and Ozone Layer
  • There are also guidelines (GB17519-2013) on the compilation of safety data sheet for chemical products
  • Imports must be labeled in Simplified Chinese before reaching the port
  • The “70 percent rule” requires registration and a license if 70 percent of the ingredients in a formulation are listed in the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals

See other GHS related updates from in part one of our update.

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