How GHS Differs Around the World: 3 Main Reasons It’s Not Harmonized

The United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has taken root across the world and continues to spread. But anyone involved in product compliance knows that all regulations are local. Indeed, as each government adopts the “globally harmonized” system, differences creep in. In some cases, the differences are compromises built into the UN model out of political expediency. In other cases, authorities seek to expand on GHS in order to maintain an equivalent level of protection to existing legislation.

This webinar examines the differences between GHS among those countries that have regulations or standards requiring the use of the GHS system. Understanding how GHS varies around the world is simplified by categorizing each country’s GHS methods with respect to the three major underlying reasons for differences:

  • Which building blocks are adopted?
  • Which classification thresholds are required?
  • What substance classification requirements/recommendations are published by local authorities

technical progress. We will look in particular at the new recommendations on the use of labelling phrases and when authors need to be attentive to the special conditions under which phrases should (or should not) be used.

Duration: 40 minutes

Presenter: Christine Lepisto, Senior Regulatory Specialist

  • English


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