The UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a
cornerstone for sound chemical management systems and it is on the international sustainable
development agenda since 1992. While several countries have implemented GHS, many
countries with fast growing chemicals industry have not done so.1
In the context of SAICM post2020 discussions, UNITAR, ILO and the OECD have proposed to launch a coalition of stakeholders
to scale up GHS implementation.
The purpose of this document is to provide a global view of the GHS implementation status. This
work is the result of a collective effort undertaken by a network of Country Focal Points
coordinated by the Cefic GHS Network of Experts. A variety of documents and channels have
been used to put this document together. Despite our efforts, we cannot guarantee 100%
accuracy. Our experts are available to provide additional information to member companies as
The structure of the 2020 report follow the report issued last year, with some adjustments to
improve the readability of the text. The countries are grouped in to 7 groups and within each
group, the order of countries is given alphabetically. The groups account for the different stages
of the implementation process: from countries where GHS is implemented and enforced to
countries at the very early stage of the implementation process.
For each country, a brief description is provided, with the aim of describing the GHS
implementation status and key information such as the scope, deadlines (for substances and
mixtures), the implementation of a substance classification list, signification deviations from UN
GHS hazard communication (SDS, label) requirements and, last but not least, the GHS version
This report accounts for 79 countries or regions, respectively.
Link to the CEFIC report