Yes, absolutely. Phrases and XML are developed to work together, but it is absolutely possible to use the phrases with other software systems, and you can use the XML schema with other phrases.
The latest, of course. eSDScom usually provides two releases per year to keep up with legal changes and include user change requests. But we understand that not every company is ready to upgrade twice a year, thus there are long-term support (LTS) releases which are guaranteed to receive only legal changes that are implemented in a compatible fashion, so that changing the implementation is easy to upgrade and can still receive older files of the same LTS release.
eSDScom version numbers consist of three parts:
- part: The paradigm - Version 4 refers to a document-based approach, where one XML record covers exactly one safety data sheet. Version 5 extends this to a product-based approach where one XML record can cover multiple legal regions (thus multiple SDSs) for the same product to facilitate systems integration.
- part: The compatibility - If this version number part changes, then changes to earlier versions are not fully downwards compatible.
- part: The update - If this part is higher, it means that additions took place, compared to earlier versions with the same first two parts. (For Version 4, there sometmes was a forth part to indicate such updates while compatibility of changes in the third part was limited too.)