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About The CHEMICAL HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS Society - CHCS 

A Brief History of CHCS

The Chemical Hazards Communication Society was launched at an inaugural meeting held at the Health and Safety Executive in London on the 14th April 1994.

About 40 individuals, employed by leading companies, regulatory bodies, and associations, attended the inaugural meeting and agreed the aims and objectives. Of these 12 people volunteered to form a group (initially called the Steering Group, but now the Council) to formally set up and run the Society.

25th Anniversary

On 14th April 2019, CHCS celebrated 25 years since the inaugural meeting. To celebrate our “silver” anniversary, we have dug into the CHCS archives and produced more details of how the Society came into being, including links to some of the original documents, such as Press Releases, meeting agendas, minutes, early newsletters, etc. You can download the document, as a PDF by clicking on this link: CHCS 25th Anniversary.

CHCS Today

The Society, which has the backing of the Health and Safety Executive, now has annual membership of over 500 members and holds regular events and training courses.

This new and specific forum has since attracted professionals engaged in all aspects of chemical hazards communication, independent of politics or vested interests.

It was established as an unincorporated, non-profit-making Society, which has now been incorporated as a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee) and its affairs are managed by a Council of volunteer members. A formal Constitution is available.

In February 2001, CHCS launched its modular scheme for the training, principally, of compilers of Safety Data Sheets. The training has since been extended to include systems used outside the EU and issues concerning dangerous chemicals, other than needed for compilation of European Safety Data Sheets. From 2009 the scheme covers additionally the classification and labelling requirements of the (EC) CLP Regulation.

CHCS Council

CHCS is managed by a Council of volunteer members. You can find out more about our Council positions and their current post-holders at: CHCS Council Profiles.

You can also download a list of Council and Committee members

Are you interested in becoming a CHCS Council member? If so, please contact CHCS

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) & 
British Association for Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP)

CHCS members can access events, webinars, etc. organised by our colleagues at the US-based SCHC and the UK-based BADGP, and vice-versa. For more information about the SCHC & BADGP, please visit: SCHC web page and BADGP web page.

Any Questions? 

If you have any questions, please contact the CHCS Office


CHCS News

Annex VIII of GB CLP - Update
Despite the Government’s intention not to retain Annex VIII of the EU’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulations in UK law, we have been informed that Annex VIII has been inadvertently retained following the UK’s exit from the EU.  CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 23 June 2022]

ECHA Calls For Evidence On Skin Sensitisers In Consumer Mixtures
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) are calling for evidence on skin sensitisers in consumer mixtures. The scope of the investigation comprises substances fulfilling the criteria for classification as skin sensitisers as defined by the CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1272/2008) in mixtures marketed or available for consumers in the EU/EEA. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 21 June 2022]

CHCS' June 2022 Newsletter is now available, containing several important updates on the many recent changes to the regulation framework. See CHCS June 2022 Newsletter. 

Revocation Of The Misuse Of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales And Scotland) Regulations 2021 In Relation To Gamma Butyrolactone And 1,4-Butanediol
The amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act that was due to come into force on 15th June 2022 has been revoked. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 26 May 2022]

The Department For Transport Has Issued A Call For Evidence
The Department for Transport has issued a Call for Evidence in relation to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 and the RID / ADR 2021 amendments. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 13 May 2022]

Webinar: Poly- And Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS): The Gathering Storm For Chemical Regulatory Professionals, And The Industry
The presentation and recording from our webinar held on 21 April 2022 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website.[Posted on 22 April 2022]

The European Commission Has Issued A Call For Evidence
The European Commission has issued a Call for Evidence on an initiative to streamline EU-level scientific and technical work on chemicals. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 4 April 2022]

Webinar: The Regulation Of Endocrine Disruptors In The European Union
The presentation and recording from our webinar held on 29 March 2022 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 31 March 2022]

Poison Centres Portal - Lichtenstein Connects
The poison centre for Lichtenstein has announced that they are now connected to the poison centre portal. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 22 March 2022]

ECHA Is Developing A New Chesar Platform
A Questionnaire has been issued by ECHA for interested parties to join a stakeholder group. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 3 March 2022]

Webinar: Food Contact Materials Regulation In China
The presentation and recording from our webinar held on 23 February 2022 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 24 February 2022]

The European Chemicals Agency Is Looking For Stakeholder Input On IUCLID Published Data
The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA has launched a survey on their new ‘Data Availability’ solution. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 14 February 2022]

DEFRA Surveys On The Provisions Of Article 33, UK REACH
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is inviting GB-based suppliers and retailers of articles to contribute to a survey regarding Article 33 of UK REACH. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 11 February 2022]

Changes To The Misuse Of Drugs Act: Gamma Butyrolactone And 1.4-Butanediol
Following the recommendations of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, tighter controls are being placed on gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 11 February 2022]

Multilateral Agreement M345
The United Kingdom has countersigned Multilateral Special Agreement 345 concerning the transport of UN 2672 ammonia solution in IBCs with a vapour pressure of more than 110 kPa (1.1 bar) at 50oC or 130 kPa (1.3 bar) at 55oC. This is under ADR under paragraph 1.5.1 of ADR. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 8 February 2022]

NPIS Announces That Annex VIII Of EU/GB CLP 1272/2008 Applies In The UK From Jan 1st 2021
The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) the poison centre for GB and NI has announced that Annex VIII of EU/GB CLP 1272/2008 applies in the UK from Jan 1st 2021. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 4 February 2022]

Poison Centres Portal - Belgium Connects
The Belgium poison centre has announced that they are now connected to the poison centre portal. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 24 January 2022]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video
We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

CHCS News Summary
  • Revision Of The REACH Regulation
    (20 January 2022)

  • EAC Corrigendum Published
    (17 December 2021)

  • Alternative Arrangements For UK REACH Registration Being Considered By Defra
    (6 December 2021)

  • CLP Annex VI Correction Published
    (17 November 2021)

  • Model Regulations, 22nd Revised Edition
    (1 November 2021)

  • The Deadline To Submit A Downstream User Notification (DUIN)
    (26 October 2021)

  • The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods And Use Of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations Amendments Now Combined
    (21 October 2021)

  • The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods And Use Of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 Amended
    (21 October 2021)

  • ECHA - Safer Chemicals Recordings Available
    (20 October 2021)

  • GHS Revision 9
    (20 September 2021)

  • UK Cosmetics Regulation
    (1 September 2021)

  • MLA 340 And RID 06/2021 Counter-Signed By The United Kingdom
    (20 August 2021)

  • Publication Of The Draft 18th ATP To The CLP Regulation
    (17 August 2021)

  • Dangerous Emails Disguised As Coming From NPIS
    (29 July 2021)

  • SDS Will Be The Focus For Enforcement In 2023
    (20 July 2021)

  • Government Updates Their Guidance On Poison Centres
    (29 June 2021)

  • Inception Impact Assessments (Roadmaps) For REACH & CLP - deadline 23:00 GMT
    (31 May 2021)

  • Poison Centre Practical Guide updated
    (20 May 2021)

        CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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