National Regulations Governing SDSs/MSDSs:
The responsibility of India’s chemical regulations for Material Safety Data Sheet authoring falls under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, and Department of Environment, Forests and Wildlife. The regulations for SDS authoring are found in the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989, which amended the “Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules” S.O. 966 27 Nov 1989. The specific layout for an SDS is outlined in schedule 9 of the rule.
Other regulations relating to chemical management and SDS authoring include:
- Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989
- The Factories Act, 1948 (Act No. 63 of 1948), as amended by the Factories (Amendment) Act, 1987 (Act 20 of 1987)
- THE CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS (EMERGENCY PLANNING, PREPAREDNESS, AND RESPONSE) RULES, 1996
- Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991
GHS Implementation Status:
India has signed treaties regarding the implementation of the UN GHS. In January 2012 India announced draft legislation pertaining to the implementation of the GHS would soon be approved. However, this legislation is awaiting government approval.
Multi-Jurisdiction SDS/MSDS Options:
Combining India SDSs with other jurisdictions is not recommended.