UN GHS Purple Book

Little Pro on 2016-01-06

The UN GHS Purple Book is a guidance document published by the United Nations on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The UN GHS Purple Book:

  • Defines physical, health and environmental hazards of chemicals and harmonizes classification criteria;
  • Standardizes the content and format of chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets.

UN GHS Purple Book

There are thousands of pages in the UN GHS Purple Book. If you have no time to read every page, please read this quick GHS guide. It takes you less than 10 mins to get a quick overview of GHS.

Update History of the UN GHS Purple Book and Download

The UN GHS Purple is updated every two years and the latest version is the 8th revised edition released in 2019.

Important Notes to the UN GHS Purple Book

The UN GHS Purple Book is not a regulation and it is not legally binding in any country. Therefore, countries adopting GHS have to take basic GHS elements from the Purple Book and issue their own regulations or standards to implement GHS. During this process, each country/region may have set extra requirements on chemical classification and labelling.

By clicking the links below, you can find out what the additional requirements are.

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