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Russia to Implement New GHS Standards in 2023

Russia’s newly adopted GHS standards specified requirements for hazard classification, safety data sheet and labelling.

On July 19, 2022, the Coordinating Informational Center of CIS Member States on Approximation of Regulatory Practices (CIS Center) released three new standards as Russian national standards, establishing requirements for hazard classification, safety data sheet (SDS) and labelling in accordance with the 7th revised edition of UN GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). The new standards are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2023.

The three new GHS standards have been adopted through Russian Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) orders as follows:

1. GOST 32419-2022 Classification of Chemical Hazards. General Requirements.

2. GOST 30333-2022 Chemical Production Safety Data Sheet. General Requirements.

3. GOST 31340-2022 Warning Labels of Chemical Products. General Requirements.

Insight analysis

Compared with UN GHS Rev 4 which Russia previously adopted, UN GHS Rev 7

  • added pyrophoric gas (Cat. 1A) under flammable gas;

  • added desensitized explosives under physical hazards;

  • made amendments to the definition and test guidelines of certain health hazards;

  • specified labelling principles for the fold-out label style, etc.

Since the new Russia GHS standards were formulated based on UN GHS Rev 7, it is likely that the abovementioned amendments will be adopted in the new standards.

According to the current Russian applicable legislation, the new standards should be considered voluntary until the Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union on Safety of Chemical Products 041/2017 (TR EAEU 041/2017) enters into force*. The official documents for the new standards are not available yet. ChemLinked keeps track of the topic closely and will update your new information should any status changes happen.

* The TR EAEU 041/2017 was adopted on 3 March 2017 by Decision No.19 of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). It establishes mandatory requirements for any chemical substance, mixture, or other chemical product intended to be placed on the market in EAEU states (i.e., requirements for the classification of chemical products, conformity assessments, safety data sheet and labeling, notification of new chemical substances). TR EAEU 041/2017 will enter into force when all the second-tier documents which detail the technical regulation provisions are elaborated, approved and implemented. Currently, agreement on some of the second-tier docs has not reached. The earliest effective date of TR EAEU 041/2017 is November 30, 2022. 

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