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2013 Update: Progress on the Implementation of GHS in APEC Economies


At the 7th Chemical Dialogue (CD) meeting in Peru in 2008, the report of the Virtual Working Group on GHS titled “Developing Clarity and Consistency in the Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)” was endorsed.  This recognized the progress made and difficulties faced by APEC CD Members in their work to implement GHS across the region, and with our trading partners.

The Virtual Working Group developed the GHS Implementation Reporting Template to be used for regular reporting of GHS implementation progress.  This 2013 report is the fifth report of the GHS implementation progress in APEC economies. 


In total, there are seven completed and partially completed GHS reporting templates for analysis for this report. Four APEC CD Member Economies - Australia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China and Japan - have returned the 2013 GHS Implementation Progress Reporting Template to the Virtual Working Group on GHS.  Thailand returned a partially completed report – Industrial Workplace and Transport sections were missing from the report.  The American Petroleum Institute (API) provided its perspective on GHS implementation for each of the sectors.  Indonesia completed the 2012 template late last year and has been included in this report.


Download: 2013 CD Virtual Working Group Report