Abbreviations and Acronyms in Safety Data Sheets

The UN and REACH Annex II require safety data sheets to contain a list or legend of abbreviations and acronyms used in the safety data sheet in section 16. This is challenging because acronyms are often specific to countries and vary with the language used.


The EuPhraC workgroup offers a collection of common abbreviations and acronyms below, sorted by language. This file consists of sheets in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


These sheet are not comprehensive. If you miss an acronym, please send an E-mail to

List of abbreviations and acronyms
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