What exactly are European SDSs?
A European SDS is a document that outlines the hazards of a hazardous substance or mixture and advises on how to handle it safely. European SDSs are used for communicating information on chemicals, chemical mixtures and chemical compounds. This information among others includes instructions for the safe use of the product and potential hazards associated with the product (or material), along with spill-handling procedures. The European SDS also provides information on the properties of the product, including information on the hazardous ingredients of the product. In Europe, it is legally required for manufacturers to provide a European SDS in the official language of the country where the product is marketed. This European SDS must meet the requirements of the REACH Regulation Annex II.
The introduction the MSDS in Europe
In the past, suppliers could decide for themselves what information they would provide with their products. Therefore, it was not unusual that no information was given about a substance or mixture, even though working with it was dangerous. In 1991, the European Union decided to change this in order to prevent more dangerous situations from happening. That is when they introduced the SDS in Europe and made it mandatory. Since we work with SDSs in Europe, everyone is able to find important information about a hazardous product in order to protect themselves from these products while using them, for example by using personal protective equipment. Every hazardous product needs to have a SDS in Europe.
Authoring a European MSDS
How do I create a European SDS? This is a relevant question if you are a manufacturer, importer or mixer of hazardous substances. Suppliers are legally obliged to draw up a safety data sheet for substances and mixtures, if the product is classified as hazardous according to CLP. In addition to this, since 2021 it has been compulsory to report dangerous mixtures to the Poison Center Notification portal in combination with the UFI. This UFI code also needs to be included on the label in Europe. Because of all these regulations, drawing up a European SDS is a complicated and time-consuming process. It requires a lot of research, meaning that a lot of staff hours are spent on it. This can be quite expensive in the long run. Regulations on this topic are becoming more and more complex and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep knowledge up-to-date. That is why more and more companies choose to hire specialists for the preparation of SDSs in Europe.
Why choose The SDS Factory for drawing up your MSDS Europe?
The SDS Factory has extensive experience in drawing up SDSs in Europe and has experience with almost all product types. Since 2007, we have dealt with all matters relating to hazardous substances and from 2012 on, our focus has mainly been on drawing up safety data sheets. We stand for quality and personal service and do everything in our power to assist you in meeting all requirements that are involved in supplying and working with chemical products.
If you can use some help with the complex and time-consuming process of drawing up a European SDS, contact our specialists at the SDS factory. We are happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with our professional services.