March 1, 2021
In October 2020, a national consultation was released by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) on the proposed Technical Standard NBR 14725: Chemicals – Information about Safety, Health and Environment – General Aspects of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), Classification, SDS, and Labeling of Chemicals.
Once the standard is approved, the 7th edition of the Purple Book will be implemented in Brazil and will be consolidated into a single document, as the current Standard is divided into 4 parts: Terminology; Classification; Labeling and Safety Data Sheets.
The public consultation ended on November 19, 2020. Comments and suggestions mainly submitted from representatives of chemical industry and consumer product related activities are now being reviewed by the Brazilian Chemistry Committee (CB-010) of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). The meetings aimed at addressing comments submitted to the consultation and the first one was held on December 16, 2020 followed by one on January 20, 2021 with the latest one being held on February 3, 2021. There are several more meetings planned to be held in the coming months in order to analyze all the comments, due to the large number received. After analyzing all the comments and amending as appropriate, the revised draft will be published and open to public consultation once more.
ABNT is the appointed body that provides guidelines and adopts voluntary technical standards for Brazilian companies relating to the classification, labeling and safety data sheet preparation for chemical products according to GHS.
Since NBR 14725 is the only Standard that incorporates the GHS criteria, it has become the reference adopted nationwide. However, other laws and decrees that apply to specific categories of chemical products or the users of those products takes precedence over ABNT norms, i.e., ANVISA regulations for sanitizing product labels, for instance.
Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (Abiquim) – https://abiquim.org.br/comunicacao/noticia/9208