UN GHS Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS (UNSCEGHS)

The Globally Harmonized System of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) is the responsibility of the United Nations (UN) Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS, known as the UN SCE GHS. HSE represents the UK at these meetings.

The UN Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS:

  • acts as custodian of GHS, managing and giving direction to the global harmonization process
  • keeps the GHS system up to date, as necessary, considering the need to introduce changes to ensure its continued relevance and practical utility, and determining the need for and timing of the updating of technical criteria, while working with existing bodies, as appropriate
  • promotes understanding and use of the GHS system and encourages feedback
  • makes the GHS system available for worldwide use and application;
  • makes guidance available on the application of the GHS system, and on the interpretation and use of technical criteria to support consistency of application
  • prepares work programmes and submits recommendations to the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (CETDGGHS) that oversees the work of the Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS and Sub-Committee of Experts on TDG

More on the GHS and the its UN Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS can be viewed here:

You can view the current agenda and download archive papers considered at UN GHS meetings at the link below. All papers are fully open:

If you want to contribute to any of the discussions or issued raised at the Sub-Committee, please contact: [email protected]

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Updated: 2022-02-11