There is legislation under the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989 Act that specifically outlines what is required on a label in an industrial setting. However, labeling requirements are mentioned in a number of legislative acts relating to chemical management, and under the authority of different Ministries. To correct this problem and a number of other issues, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) issued a draft National Chemical Policy 2012. This policy draft makes clear the issues that are being discussed, and outlines the numerous chemical related legislative acts that need to be consolidated. Further, the draft provides a roadmap for what should be included and changed in future national legislation. At the moment, however, a label based on the EU standard (EC) No 1272/2022 is acceptable.
According to a Notification dated November 24, 2000 from the Indian Ministry of Commerce, all importers of packaged commodities have to comply with conditions outlined in the Notification. The conditions in the Notification are in addition to other requirements.
Because the EU standard applies to both industrial and commercial labels, the regulations for both are the same. However the concerns of industry and the individual consumer may differ. In order to receive guidance on consumer issues in India please refer to the Department of Consumer Affairs. With the Department businesses will find relevant legislation, and other useful information on the concerns of their stakeholders.
India has signed treaties regarding the implementation of the UN GHS. As recently as January 2012 India announced draft legislation pertaining to the implementation of some GHS standards would soon be approved. However, this legislation has not yet been approved.
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