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2014 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 2014 report is the fifth report of the GHS implementation progress in APEC economies.


In total, there are seven completed and one partially completed GHS reporting templates for analysis for this report. Completed reports were received from– Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Russia and Singapore. The American Petroleum Institute (API) also provided its perspective on GHS implementation in the USA for each of the sectors.