SDSComXML – a new common standard für the communication of safety-data-sheets along the supply-chain

The need for an electronic communication standard in order to exchange safety-data-sheets between producers, suppliers and user of chemical products became obvious at least with the complex requirements from REACH and GHS.


Though there were already existing and well-proven solutions in place (SDS-XML, EDASx ), the highly sophisticated requirements of the new legislation on chemicals made a basic revision of these standards necessary.


A contact between the SDS-XML workgroup in Norway and the EUPhraC/EDAS - group resulted in a clear vision of one common joint exchange format as a successor for the existing formats.


After 2 years of intense work and consultations the SDSComXML – group is pleased to present the first version of SDSComXML to the public.


  • SDSComXML is an XML based standard for the system-independent electronic exchange of safety-data-sheets.
  • SDSComXML introduces XML-Schema-files for basic and complex data types to cover the whole content of safety-data-sheets according to REACH and CLP (GHS)
  • SDSComXML is open for national extensions covering requirements from regional legislation.
  • SDSComXML is prepared to deal with standard phrase catalogues (e.g EUPhraC)


This site will be completed soon with more features for feedback and discussion on the format.