Risk management of chemicals

Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

 

OECD activities contribute towards harmonisation of international classification of hazardous chemicals. Classification divides chemical substances and mixtures into different categories, based on their physical properties and health and environmental hazards. Chemicals are then labelled according to category requirements.

 

The OECD:

  • develops proposals for classification or criteria, at the request of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System (GHS),
  • facilitates application of classifications through its works on the assessment of chemicals,
  • provides a GHS classification search functionality in a web portal (eChemPortal) to link to national/regional databases where classifications are available for individual chemicals.

 

Publications

  • Assessing the Potential Development of a Global List of Classified Chemicals - Results of a Joint Pilot Project of the OECD and the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
    • Report on the Pilot Project on Assessing the Potential Development of a Global List of Classified Chamicals; Annex 1 Part 1 to the Report; Annex 1 Part 2 to the Report. OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No. 246
    • Report on the Proposal for Classification and Labelling (C&L) of Dimethyltin Dichloride; Annex 1 to the Report. OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No. 247.
    • Report on the Proposal for Classification and Labelling (C&L) of Dicyclopentadiene; Annex 1 to the Report. OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No. 248.
    • Report on the Proposal for Classification and Labelling (C&L) of Dibutyl Phthalate; Annex 1 to the Report. OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No. 249.
  • Public availability of national/regional GHS classifications
  • Report and Addendum of the Pilot Exercise on Classifications for Selected Chemicals Assessed at COCAM ANN: Collated Classification Proposals for COCAM 4 and COCAM 5. OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No. 210. 
  • Outcome of the Analysis of Classification of Selected Chemicals listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, ENV/JM/MONO(2010)7, OECD Series on Testing and Assessment No.119
  • Other relevant publications in the OECD Series on Testing and Assessment
  • The GHS and the Global Partnership:a success story from Rio to Rio

 

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