Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are the primary means of communicating information on the hazards of chemicals and the risks they pose to human health and the environment, as well as on measures to control the risks. Article 31 of REACH requires that the supplier of a chemical, whether a manufacturer, importer, downstream user, distributor or an only representative, must provide customers with a SDS complying with REACH, if the chemical they supply is hazardous. The SDS supplied must be in the language of the country in which it is placed on the market and must contain the 16 headings as set out in Article 31(6) of the REACH Regulation.

Annex II of REACH, which lays out the requirements for compiling a SDS has been revised by Regulation (EU) 2020/878 and applies from 1st January 2021.

  • It aligns  Annex II with the provisions of the 6th and  7th edition of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
  • Introduces requirements associated with Annex VIII to CLP and is to include the Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) for hazardous mixtures supplied for use at industrial sites and for certain mixtures which are not packaged
  • Updates information on the nanoforms of substances to align with those introduced by Regulation (EU) 2018/1881
  • Includes information on endocrine disruptors (ED) based on the scientific criteria set out in the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2100 or (EU) 2018/605 to improve the communication of ED through the supply chain
  • Makes changes to physical and chemical properties in Section 9 and transport provisions in Section 14

From 1 January 2021, Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to (EU) 2020/878. Safety data sheets provided to any recipient before 1 January  2021 may continue to be used and need not comply with the Annex to this Regulation until 31 December 2022 unless an update is required to meet the provisions of REACH Article 31(9). Further information on the changes are available at the following link

Reference & General Guidance Information

For further information on safety data sheets, please see our information sheet publication.