Costa Rica, Chile release details of GHS implementation

Costa Rica and Chile have reported developments in their implementation of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals. Costa Rica’s government told the 34th session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS (UNSCEGHS) in Geneva on 6-8 December it had issued two decrees on the issue. The Central American state published the first decree– 40457-S – on 29 June. It requires labelling in accordance with the GHS (Revision 6) for workplace and supplier chemicals and gives a five-year transitional period (until 30 December 2022). This allows the use of existing non-GHS compliant labels on chemicals already registered and placed on the market during that period. It published the second decree – 40705-S – on 2 November. This says in order to be registered, hazardous chemicals must have a GHS-compliant safety data sheet. And an accompanying technical regulation sets out transitional periods for the renewal of registrations.

Both decrees carry an extensive list of exemptions to the laws.

Chile notifies WTO

And Chile has also moved forward on GHS. On 13 November it notified the WTO of a series of draft regulations on the classification, notification and labelling of chemical substances and mixtures. The regulations would establish classification criteria and procedures and labelling, safety data sheet, and notification requirements for these. The Chilean health ministry says the purpose of the draft is to inform the public about their dangers. It says it will do this through “common and effective hazard communication, while protecting human health and safety, preserving natural environmental conditions, and preventing misleading practices and any negative effects that could arise from the intrinsic hazard of chemical substances.” The final date for comments to the WTO on the proposal is 60 days after the notification. There is currently no proposed date of adoption or entry into force. Further information is available at:

Chemical Watch, 12 December 2017 ; http://chemicalwatch.com