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Three simple methods for quickly determining whether received safety data sheets comply with Regulation 878/2020

To determine whether the received Safety Data Sheets are indeed compliant with Regulation (EU) 2020/878, you can use a few simple methods:

  1. Check if there is a reference to Regulation (EU) 2020/878 on the Safety Data Sheets, confirming compliance with the regulation. You can find this reference usually in two places. Either in the upper part of the safety data sheet (but not in a a heading of the Safety Data Sheet) or most often in Section 15 of the Safety Data Sheet. That is a good indicator that the Safety Data Sheet was created in accordance with the requirements of the Regulation (EU) 2020/878.

    But be careful – not finding this reference doesn't automatically mean your SDS is not compliant with Regulation (EU) 2020/878.

So here are two additional quick methods to help you determine whether received SDS is OK or not:

  1. Check if the date of creation is mentioned on the Safety Data Sheet. If the SDS was created before the adoption date of Regulation (1.1.2023), it indicates that the safety data sheet might not be compliant with the Regulation.
  2. Review the content of the Safety Data Sheets. You can easily do that by going to the check list provided in this blog post.

I hope these thre quick and simple methods will help you distinguish between "old" and "new" Safety Data Sheets.

If you have any questions regarding the adequacy of the safety data sheets, feel free to contact me at

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SDS | June 8, 2023

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