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Two new Guidance in a Nutshell documents: for downstream users and on the compilation of safety data sheets

ECHA/NA/13/47

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website two new Guidance in a Nutshell documents: Guidance in a Nutshell for downstream users and Guidance in a Nutshell on the compilation of safety data sheets (SDSs), following the update of the corresponding parent Guidance documents on the same subjects. The nutshell documents are now available on the ECHA website in 23 EU languages.

Helsinki, 13 December 2013 – The new Guidance in a Nutshell for downstream users aims to introduce the obligations for downstream users according to REACH in simple and concise terms. It explains in brief how to identify the downstream user's roles and illustrates the different circumstances that the downstream user may encounter. The document explains the obligations to be fulfilled and the actions which a downstream user can choose to take according to his situation. In particular, principles and requirements concerning communication of information on mixtures are outlined.

The new Guidance in a Nutshell on the compilation of safety data sheets (SDSs) provides an overview of the obligations related to the SDSs as foreseen by Article 31 and Annex II of REACH. The document describes in simple terms the main principles to be applied in the compilation of SDSs and the obligations that suppliers of substances and mixtures have to fulfil when providing an SDS to their customers.