19 December 2018
The OECD releases a video tutorial on how to find GHS information in eChemPortal through the substance search and how to search by GHS classification. Currently 11 databases provide GHS information, independent of whether the classifications have undergone a review by a regulatory body or intergovernmental organisation or are based on self-classifications by the producers or importers. In addition, two data sources have submitted structured GHS information that can directly be queried.
eChemPortal is an internet gateway to information on the properties, hazards and risks of chemicals found in the environment, homes and workplaces, and in everyday products.
Users can simultaneously search data from multiple data sources prepared for government chemical programs at national, regional, and international levels.
In 2004, the OECD initiated the development of eChemPortal, a global portal to information on chemical substances, in response to the request by the World Summit on Sustainable Development to improve the availability of hazard data on chemicals. eChemPortal is also a contribution to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and especially its recommendation to "Facilitate public access to appropriate information and knowledge of chemicals throughout their life cycle...".
The Vision is for eChemPortal to be the preferred worldwide source of information about chemicals from authorities and international organisations. See the Vision Statement.
The OECD Secretariat is working with several member countries (the United States, Japan, Canada), the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency, the International Council of Chemical Industry Associations, the Buisness and Industry Advisory Committee, the World Health Organization's International Programme on Chemical Safety, UNEP Chemicals and Environmental NGO's to develop this project.
A first version of eChemPortal with limited functions was available from mid-2007 to the end of 2010. This first version gave users free public access to existing assessments and datasets for as many chemicals as possible through a search by chemical identification.
A second version, released in December 2010, provided new searches based on certain properties or effects, such as physical chemical properties, environmental fate and behaviour, ecotoxicity and toxicity in the participating data sources that can offer direct searching of endpoint data.
The current version of eChemPortal was made available in 12 June 2015. A new search by GHS classification in eChemPortal allows users, for an individual chemical, to view GHS classifications which have undergone a review by a regulatory body or intergovernmental organisation and offers direct links to the full information in the participating data sources.
Data Sources participating in eChemPortal in the search by chemical identification: List of data sources
Not all participating data sources can offer direct searching of endpoint data or GHS classifications.