The ‘Safety Data Sheet Compliance Checks’ document, which was added as Annex Q to the 'REACH: Automotive Industry Guideline', has been updated to reflect the transitional arrangements for classification and labelling in safety data sheets that ended in June 2017. Annex Q provides guidance for downstream users on conducting plausibility checks of incoming safety data sheets (SDS), which is considered necessary to fulfil legal obligations in the face of poor SDS data quality in the supply chain.
Annex Q offers plausibility check guidance in a series of steps becoming increasingly complex. Annex Q also provides guidance, by giving 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 version in French, German, Italian, Slovak and Spanish will be published soon.