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United Kingdom SDS Reformatting/Editing and MSDS Reformatting/Editing

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National Regulations Governing SDSs/MSDSs: 

United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and as such is bound by EU regulations. For pure substances, UK Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) must be compliant with the EU’s GHS based CLP-regulation No. 1272/2008 – SDSs authored to be compliant with Directive 67/548/EEC have expired. For mixtures, SDSs can be compliant with either 1272/2008 or with the previous Directive 1999/45/EC.

Additional Regulations: 

The UK is split into four regions (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) each with their own procedures for environmental protection and enacting EU chemical legislation. For information on policy from Northern Ireland and Scotland please refer to their Environmental Guidance for Your Business Page. For England information, support and compliance please refer here. For Wales please refer here. For the UK in general please refer to the Environment Agency page.

GHS Implementation Status: 

United Kingdom MSDS and SDS Authoring The EU has fully adopted GHS under their CLP Regulation (Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures). The deadline for having new SDSs has passed for pure substances – it was November 30, 2010. The deadline for mixtures was May 31, 2015. Not all the building blocks in the United Nations’ Purple Book were adopted by the EU CLP regulation. Furthermore, the EU has adopted the EU No 453/2010 format for SDSs, which goes well beyond what was recommended in the Purple Book.

Multi-Jurisdiction SDS/MSDS Options: 

It is relatively straight forward to have a single MSDS for use among the countries of the European Union and European Free Trade Association, so long as it is in the necessary languages. Countries other than the United Kingdom in the EU and EFTA where English is an official language include Malta and Ireland. Having a single document for use in the United States and the European Union should be avoided due to significant differences between the two systems.

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Non-Slip Safety Solutions Inc would like to thank Nexreg for guiding us through the process of getting a CCCR Review on our product packaging, bottles and labels. We cannot thank you enough for working with us regarding our time frame. Due to this we were able to obtain the approval necessary to move forward with our products and they are now on the shelves of over 1,000 retail stores across Canada.
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