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June 1, 2017, was the final deadline in the 4-year phase-in period for revisions to the hazard communication standard that aligned with the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS.

After the 1st of June 2017 there will be no grace period, so product labels shall under no circumstances be made according to the DPD regulation, as well as safety data sheets shall not contain any classification according to the DPD regulation either.

It is recommended to prepare for the total transition, assess the stock, recall the products with DPD labels, or have the labels modified by partners on the spot before the above mentioned deadline.

It is important to note that the content of the label must be identical with the content of the safety data sheet.

Although DPD has disappeared after almost 17 years, it will not mean that safety data sheets have changed, or that the duties of chemical companies will decrease.

The relevant regulations are constantly changing and despite the global harmonization efforts, in some of the member states- partly-stayed with the local regulations in chemical safety.