The ‘Safety Data Sheet Compliance Checks’, which was added as Annex Q to the 'REACH: Automotive Industry Guideline', has been updated to better reflect the most recent REACH amending regulation, which clarifies the transitional arrangements for safety data sheets. Annex Q provides guidance for downstream users on conducting plausibility checks of incoming safety data sheets (SDSs), which is considered necessary to fulfil legal obligations in the face of poor SDS data quality in the supply chain.
As with the first edition, Annex Q gives plausibility check guidance in a series of steps which may be seen as increasing in complexity. Annex Q also provides guidance, by providing several examples, on compliance actions that are required by a recipient of an extended safety data sheet - ie an SDS with attached exposure scenario(s) for substances or "safe use mixtures information" for complex mixtures. The updated Annex Q is available in English, French, German and Italian, with other languages expected to be added in the coming months.