This Approved Code of Practice formed part of the suite of guidance supporting the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP). The Code gave advice on how to compile chemical safety data sheets (SDS), a legal requirement under EU law on communicating the dangers of certain chemicals.
The European legal provisions relating to SDS were repealed by the direct-acting European REACH Regulation (chemicals) in 2006, but were then immediately re-enacted in Article 31 and Annex II of that Regulation. Consequently, the provisions in CHIP were also removed from the latest consolidating regulations, CHIP 4, which came into force on 6 April 2009.
Having consulted in accordance with section 16(5) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, it is confirmed that the Code ceases to have legal effect.
The Code is therefore withdrawn with immediate effect.
Guidance for chemical suppliers on SDS remains available in REACH Annex II and as part of the suite of European guidance supporting REACH. Links to the appropriate page can be found at: REACH Regulation – legislation