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GHS – Globally Harmonised System


The new classification and labelling system for chemicals

GHS is the abbreviation for Globally Harmonised System and is a regulation to classify and label substances and mixtures. In the European Union, GHS is implemented by the CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging). GHS works on a modular design principle, from which the CLP Regulation uses certain modules.

GHS has the following aims:

  • a worldwide unified system for classification and labelling of substances and mixtures
  • facilitation in global trade
  • harmonisation with the law governing the transport of hazardous goods
  • an improvement in work, health, environment and consumer protection, such as safe transport


Further information and answers to all your questions about GHS can be found on the following pages.

Product samples

New label, same content!

The meaning of GHS and the reason why it was implemented

Changes through the CLP Regulation

More details on the differences between the new and the old regulations

Key information at a glance in the new GHS folder

Preview GHS Folder
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