National Regulations Governing SDSs/MSDSs:
Lithuania is a member of the European Union and as such is bound by EU regulations. For pure substances, Lithuanian 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 must be compliant with 1272/2008.
Every year in Lithuania Manufacturers, importers, downstream users, distributors, exporters, and consumers of chemical substances must submit information on chemical substances produced. For more information regarding the legislation of this particular regulation please refer here. For more information on chemical safety policy please refer to Lithuanian Ministry of the Environment.
GHS Implementation Status:
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 SDS for use among the countries of the European Union and European Free Trade Association, so long as it is in the necessary languages. Outside of Lithuania there are no countries in the EU or EFTA where Lithuanian is an official language. 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.