Weekly Compliance Digest – China GHS Phrases and Codes

February 26, 2016 By
In this edition of the Weekly Compliance Digest, we provide an update on China’s implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).

GB/T 32374-2015: Phrase and Codification of Chemical Hazard Statements

What is it?

The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) approved a recommended National Standard for GHS Hazard and Precautionary (H & P) phrases and their codes. The Standard was developed by the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) of China and is based on the 4th revised edition of GHS (Click here for an overview of the GHS edition in effect in various countries. The sixth revision was released in 2015 but it has not yet been fully implemented anywhere).

The SAWS had released a draft version of the Standard in July 2013 for public consultation. It consisted mainly of the following three parts:

  • Pictograms and their codes.
  • Hazard statements and their codes for physical, health and environmental hazards.
  • Precautionary statements and their codes, including general, prevention, response, storage and disposal precautionary statements.

The Standard will supplement existing China GHS standards on GHS labeling (GB 15258-2009) and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) preparation (GB/T 16483-2008 and GB/T 17519-2013).

Who is affected?

The Standard applies to companies that are involved in the production, operation, use, storage, transport and disposal of chemicals, including:

  • Companies in China.
  • Foreign companies with business units, subsidiaries or facilities in China.
  • Foreign companies that sell or distribute chemicals (substances or mixtures) in China.

What are the requirements?

China had already adopted GHS in 2011. Click here for an overview of China’s implementation of GHS. The GB/T 32374-2015 Standard, which had been released in a draft version in July 2013, is now officially approved. Pictograms and their codes, hazards statements and their codes, and precautionary statements and their codes must appear on SDSs and labels as per the Standard.

What is next?

The Standard will be in effect as of January 1, 2017.

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