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By “Central and South Asia”, we are referring to the region between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific countries. The area includes the Indian sub-continent, as well as the former Soviet Republics located roughly between Russia, China and the Caspian Sea.


India: In January 2012, India announced that it would issue rules on GHS within a month. A draft set of rules was released several months before that. No final rules were issued, however a national policy for the chemical sector could be issued sometime in 2014.


Pakistan: The assumption is that GHS is not yet implemented.


KazakhstanKyrgyzstanTajikistan and Uzbekistan: These countries are members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). A mandatory CIS standard, GOST 31340-2013, aligned with the fourth revision of GHS, was published on May 15, 2014. The standard becomes effective on August 1, 2014. Transition dates and compliance deadlines remain to be announced. In addition, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which includes Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, adopted a technical regulation on the safety of chemicals that would become legally binding in July 2017 if the three countries agree on the implementation details. The regulation includes an obligation to classify and label chemicals according to GHS.



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