Taiwan Revises Safety Data Sheet Format

Posted on: December 31, 2014

By Weisin Chai

Following the amendment of the Measures on the Management of Toxic Chemical Substances Labelling and Safety Data Sheets on November 10, 2014, Taiwan harmonized the format of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) with those described in the Dangerous and Harmful Chemicals Labelling and Hazard Communication Rules on December 8, 2014. The amendment was enacted in accordance to Article 12 of the Measures on the Management of Toxic Chemical Substances Labelling and Safety Data Sheets and it has been effective since December 11, 2014.

For the purpose of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), the technical terms in the regulations were modified to be consistent with those used in the Purple Book: “Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)” was renamed to “Safety Data Sheets (SDS)” in the revision. “Manufacturers or suppliers” applied in the regulation was changed to “manufacturers, importers or suppliers”. Also, “materials” was replaced by “chemicals” and “hazardous material component” was replaced by “hazardous component” in the regulation.

Before the revision, the label contents specified the requirements of “hazard symbol, signal word, hazard statement and precautionary statement.” These have been removed in the revised SDS format. This made the content required in Section 2 of the SDS as follows:

  • Chemical hazard classifications
  • Label contents
  • Other hazards

For clarification purposes, the minimum requirements for SDS contents are listed at the end of the amendment. They include:

  • Section 1, Chemical and Company Information: Chemical name, Other name, Recommended Use and Restricted Use, Manufacturer’s, importer’s or supplier’s name, address and phone number, Emergency contact number/Fax number
  • Section 2, Hazard Identification Information: Chemical hazard classification, Label contents, Other hazards
  • Section 3, Component Identification Information: Pure chemical – Chemical name (Traditional Chinese and English), Synonyms, CAS number, Hazardous ingredient (in percentage); Mixtures – Chemical type, Names of the hazardous ingredients (Traditional Chinese and English), Concentrations/Concentration Ranges (in percentages)
  • Section 4, First Aid Measures: First aid measures for respective route of exposure, Most important symptoms and hazardous effects, Protection of first aid provider, Notes to physicians
  • Section 5, Fire Fighting Measures: Suitable extinguishing media, Special firefighting hazards, Special firefighting procedures, Special protective equipment for firefighters
  • Section 6, Accidental Release Measures: Personal precautions, Environmental precautions, Cleaning procedure
  • Section 7, Handling and Storage: Handling, Storage
  • Section 8, Exposure Prevention Measures: Engineering controls, Control parameters, Personal protective equipment, Hygiene measures
  • Section 9, Physical and Chemical Properties: Appearance (physical state, color, etc.), Odor, Odor threshold, pH, Melting point, Boiling point/range, Flammability (solid, gas), Flash point, Decomposition temperature, Ignition temperature, Explosion limits, Vapor pressure, Vapor density, Density, Solubility, Octanol/water partition coefficient (log Kow), Evaporation rate
  • Section 10, Stability and Reactivity: Stability, Special conditions of hazardous reaction, Conditions to avoid, Substances to avoid, Hazardous decomposition products
  • Section 11, Toxicological Information: Exposure path, Symptoms, Acute toxicity, Chronic or prolonged toxicity
  • Section 12, Ecological Information: Eco-toxicity, Persistence and degradability, Bioaccumulation, Mobility in soil, Other adverse effects
  • Section 13, Disposal Method: Disposal method
  • Section 14, Transport Information: UN number, UN shipping name, Hazard class, Packing Group, Marine pollutant (Yes/No), Special shipping methods and precautions
  • Section 15, Regulatory Information: Applicable regulation(s)
  • Section 16, Other information: References, Issue unit, Issue person, Date of issue


Taiwan Safety Data Sheet Format
Measures on the Management of Toxic Chemical Substances Labelling and Safety Data Sheets
Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA)
Dangerous and Harmful Chemicals Labelling and Hazard Communication Rules


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