Validity period of a safety data sheet

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Validity period

How long can a safety data sheet considered as valid?

Safety data sheets has no “validity” or “expiration date” in the EU.

The validity period of a safety data sheet is not based on the date of issue or the date of revision. The validity (conformity) of a safety data sheet depends on the fact if they conform the relevant current regulations or not.

From 1 June 2017, all safety data sheets shall be prepared or revised (updated) in such way to comply with the content and form requirements of Regulation (EU) 2015/830.

This does not mean that only the safety data sheets prepared with a revision date of 1 June 2017 or later are valid (Regulation (EU) 2015/830 was already applicable before this date).


Revision of the safety data sheet is necessary

The revision and updating of safety data sheets is not predetermined (there is no requirement that data sheets should be revised annually / every two years or every five years).

Revision is required in all cases when new information is available about the product.

The safety data sheet shall be revised without delay in accordance with Article 31 (9) to REACH if:

  • As soon as new information which may affect the risk management measures
  • New information on hazards becomes available (e.g. new classification according to CLP)
  • Once an authorisation has been granted or refused (included in Annex XIV to REACH as a substance subject to authorisation)
  • Once a restriction has been imposed on the substance (Annex XVII)


Rules for revised (updated) safety data sheets

The revised safety data sheet must be sent to all recipients who have been supplied with the substance or mixture over the previous 12 months, without request and free of charge, on paper or in an electronic form. The revised safety data sheet must contain the date of the most recent update.

The issue date of the safety data sheet must be indicated on the first page.
When providing a new revised version to the recipients, the recipients attention should be drawn to the changes listed in section 16 of the safety data sheet (if they are not indicated elsewhere).
For the revised safety data sheets, the date of compilation, identified as “Revision: (date)”, as well as a version number, revision number, supersedes date or some other indication of what version is replaced  shall appear on the first page.


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