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SCHC (Society For Chemical Hazard Communication)

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication – SCHC – a US-based member society with reciprocal arrangements with UK-based CHCS

CHCS is delighted to have a relationship with US-based SCHC - a relationship that offers benefits to members of both organisations. 

SCHC is a professional society with a mission to: 

  • Promote the improvement of hazard communication for chemicals;
  • Educate SCHC members on hazard communication issues;
  • Provide a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences;
  • Enhance the awareness of members and the general public of new developments in hazard communication; and
  • Provide guidance or technical expertise to a private group, legislative body, or governmental entity.

You can find out more by visiting the SCHC website: www.schc.org.

In September 2019, SCHC President, Jennifer Mahoney (left in photo, below) and CHCS Chair, Gill Pagliuca (right) signed a new Memorandum of Understandng during Gill's visit to the SCHC Fall Meeting.

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, SCHC and Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS)


Benefits To Our Members

Our relationship is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding with 3 main aims:
  1. to engage in mutual advertising for organisation-sponsored events such as webinars, conferences, and training
  2. to offer reciprocal member discount pricing for these events
  3. to maintain a link to each other's websites

Forthcoming SCHC Events   

  • CHCS members can read about Forthcoming SCHC events on the Upcoming Events page. The Monthly Forum sessions are free for CHCS members to attend. Please do note the timings of the sessions as they are ran in America.
  • Monthly Forum Sessions - EU/UK Update
    27 March 2024, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

    Join return guest Gill Pagliuca for updates on recent and upcoming regulatory changes in the EU and UK. As the EU implements some major changes to environmental classification, the differences with the UK are widening. We’ll discuss where they match, where they differ, and what new changes might be coming down the pipeline.

  • Monthly Forum Sessions - GHS Subcommittee Update: What the group is working on, what has been approved, and what is in the future
    24 April 2024, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

    Paul Brigandi, a delegate to the UN GHS Subcommittee on behalf of the US, as we discuss the current activities of the subcommittee, what has been approved for the upcoming revision, how the GHS is updated, and what we may see on the horizon.



    **New Training Course**

  • Multi-Modal Dangerous Goods Classification Refresher Training

    This is a new course for Hazard communication professionals who have completed initial training in the past and need refresher training to demonstrate their skills in completing Section 14 of the SDS and/or developing compliant shipping descriptions for their products.27th February, 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
    29th February, 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST

    SCHC are able to offer a discount registration fee of $450 for CHCS members. If you wish to register for this course, please contact the CHCS office to obtain the discount registration code.

    For more information please view the brochure.

    Registering For Events

    CHCS Members
    CHCS members can book onto SCHC events at SCHC member rates and vice-versa. If a CHCS member wishes to book onto an SCHC event, please download your CHCS Membership Card and email it to schc-admin@schc.org. SCHC will verify your membership status and email you back with instructions on how to register for the event.

    SCHC Members
    SCHC members can book onto CHCS events, at CHCS member rates. Email your request to schc-admin@schc.org. SCHC will provide you with details on how to register.

    SCHC members can find CHCS information on the SCHC website

    SCHC Consultants Listing

    SCHC provide a list of their members who offer consultancy services. To view the list, please visit the "Hazcom Consultants" page of the SCHC website. 

    SCHC Newsletter

    The latest SCHC Newsletter is now available, as a PDF download, from this link: SCHC November 2023 Newsletter.

    CHCS members can also access previous issues of the newsletter from this link: SCHC Past Newsletters.

    SCHC Contact Details


    CHCS News

    CHCS Webinar: EU CLP Changes - From Confusion to Compromise
    CHCS have now published the slides and recording from the webinar. CHCS members can access these on the page of our website. Past Events [Posted on 28 February 2024]

    Latest United States TSCA Inventory is now available
    The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the latest updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 23 February 2024]

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency notifies a significant new use rule for 329 PFAS to the WTO
    The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Technical Barriers to Trade Committee regarding PFAS. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 21 February 2024]

    CHCS' February 2024 Newsletter is now available, containing several important updates on the many recent changes to the regulation framework. See CHCS February 2024 Newsletter. [Posted on 20 February 2024]

    The HSE UK REACH Report and Work Programme
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the Agency for UK REACH on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, has published a UK REACH Report covering the period 2022/23, along with the Agency Work Programme for 2023/24. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 19 February 2024]

    The European Chemicals Agency publishes new chemicals database
    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched the much anticipated new chemicals database called ECHA CHEM, reporting that it is a ‘new solution for publishing information on chemicals’. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 1 February 2024]

    EU Candidate List Substances of High Concern updated
    The European Union (EU) Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC) has been updated with five new chemicals. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 31 January 2024]

    Turkey extends KKDIK registration deadlines
    The anticipated legal text of the Turkish REACH Regulation (KKDIK), extending registration deadlines, was published in the Official Gazette late December of last year. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 29 January 2024]

    ECHA issues updated Guidance for the identification and naming of substances under REACH and CLP
    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated Guidance for the identification and naming of substances under European Union (EU) REACH and CLP Regulations. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 26 January 2024]

    The Health and Safety Executive recommends diisohexyl phthalate for inclusion in the UK REACH Authorisation List
    In September 2023, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the Agency for UK REACH published a draft recommendation for the inclusion of diisohexyl phthalate in the UK REACH Authorisation List (Annex 14). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 25 January 2024]

    21st ATP to CLP Published
    The 21st Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) has been published. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 10 January 2024]

    DEFRA Publishes a Policy Statement on the New UK REACH Alternative Transitional Registration Model
    The Department for Health and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published an outline of the new approach to UK REACH registration, following the commitment from Government to explore options for an Alternative Transitional Registration model (ATRm). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 16 November 2023]

    GB CLP Mandatory List is Updated for the First Time
    The Great Britain Mandatory Classification list (GB MCL) has been updated with new and revised GB MCLs for 98 substances. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 23 October 2023]

    European Union Proposal for a Regulation on the Safety of Toys Notified to the WTO-TBT Committee
    The European Union (EU) has notified a proposal for a new Regulation on the Safety of Toys to the World Trade Organisation, Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) Committee, repealing Directive 2009/48/EC. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 5 October 2023]

    EU Public Consultations – Candidate List Substances of Very High Concern
    Public consultations are open on proposals for six substances identified as Candidate List substances of very high concern (SVHC) for authorisation of use, under European Union (EU) REACH. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 3 October 2023]

    Germany Withdraws Proposal to Restrict Endocrine-Disrupting Bisphenols
    Germany has withdrawn its proposal for the restriction of substances with endocrine-disrupting properties, specifically targeting bisphenols and their salts. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 27 September 2023]

    Public Consultation on the Product Safety Regulatory Framework
    The Department of Business and Trade (DBT) and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) have issued a public consultation seeking views on the planned approach to product safety to ensure that the regulatory framework is ‘fit for the future.’ CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 26 September 2023]

    DEFRA Survey on UK REACH
    The UK REACH service team in The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), are looking for users of the service to complete a survey. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 20 September 2023]

    DFT Publishes Post Implementation Review of CDG Regulations
    The Department for Transport (DfT) have published the results of the Post Implementation Review of amendments to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009, as amended in 2011, 2019 and 2020. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 6 September 2023]

    United Kingdom Notifies Mandatory Classification and Labelling of 26 Substances to the World Trade Organisation
    A proposed update to the Great Britain (GB) mandatory classification and labelling of 26 substances has been notified to the World Trade Organisation, Technical Barriers to Trade Committee (WTO-TBT) by the United Kingdom. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 29 August 2023]

    Model Regulations, 23rd Revised Edition
    The United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 23rd Revised edition is now available in English and French. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 29 August 2023]

    IATA Publishes Significant Changes to the 64th Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have published the significant changes to the 64th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 24 August 2023]

    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.

    For access to the video, please visit: Endocrine Disruptors Video.

    [Posted on 1 July 2019]

    CHCS News Summary

    • GHS Revision 10 Published (7 August 2023)

    • EU REACH: PFAS Restriction Proposals (28 July 2023)

    • 20th ATP to CLP Published (25 July 2023)

    • 19th ATP to CLP Published (21 July 2023)

    • NEW - Module 81 on the New CLP Hazard Classes for Experienced Classifiers (18 July 2023)

    • NEW - Module 16 on CLP Classification Extended to Include the New CLP Hazard Classes (7 July 2023)

    • ECHA is Developing a New Data Availability System (2 June 2023)

    • Proposed New Regulation on Detergents and Surfactants (31 May 2023)

    • Annex VIII of CLP to be Revoked (22 May 2023)

    • DfT Consultation on Temporarily Increasing the Permitted Weight of Road Tankers Carrying Diesel (20 April 2023)

    • The Control of Explosives Precursors and Poisons Regulations 2023 (17 April 2023)

    • United Kingdom Signposts the World Trade Organisation, Technical Barriers to Trade Committee of the GB Mandatory Classification and Labelling List (13 April 2023)

    • 2nd IATA Addendum to the 64th Edition of the DGR (4 April 2023)

    • NCEC and DfT Newsletter (8 March 2023)

    • 21st ATP to CLP Notified to the WTO-TBT Committee (7 March 2023)

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

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