3E Company’s MSDgen 6.06 Streamlines REACH Conformance with Enhanced eSDS and Exposure Scenario Development Capabilities

MSDS Authoring System’s eSDS and REACH Features Include Support for CEFIC ESCom Standard Phrase Library

Carlsbad, CA, January 12, 2012 — 3E Company, a leading provider of environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance and information management services, today announced the availability of MSDgen® 6.06, an enhanced version of its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) authoring system. The new version enables users to more productively develop and distribute compliant and reliable hazard communication documents that conform to today’s rapidly evolving and complex regulatory requirements, including Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulatory framework. 

MSDgen 6.06 addresses the new requirement to produce REACH Exposure Scenarios (ES) while alleviating other burdens for manufacturers and distributors already struggling to conform to REACH’s initial requirements. To facilitate the development of the ES component of the newly required extended Safety Data Sheets (eSDSs), MSDgen 6.06 offers users several enhanced features to help develop, maintain, and distribute these complex documents. These features include the ability to automatically append externally authored ESs to SDSs that are authored and stored in MSDgen, thus streamlining the management and distribution of the new documents.

MSDgen 6.06 supports the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) ESCom Standard Phrase Library with the addition of a new function that allows users with licensed ESCom library and translation content packages to assign statements into the desired MSDgen section and subsection glossary structures. Mapping these statements greatly accelerates a company’s ability to author eSDSs and provide the required language translations. This new mapping feature allows users to adjust or create their own unique mappings that suit their products and compliance needs. The framework allows customers to configure and tailor their systems, while remaining compatible with future library releases and ensuring proper compatibility with future initiatives.

MSDgen 6.06 also aligns with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) SDS Guidance version 1.0, which was published in September 2011. This includes the numbering of specific subsections throughout the 16 sections of the SDS. Various aspects of Commission Regulation (EU) No 286/2011 and the second Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation have been incorporated as well, including changes to the sensitizer and ozone hazards. The implementation of these two important regulatory documents enables users to produce compliant SDSs that are up to date with the most recent EU requirements.

Other new features include support for:

  • Datamatrix barcodes and Quick Response codes on labels
  • updated Japanese MSDS templates that conform to the country’s Chemical Substance Control Law
  • reformatted toxicological and eco-toxicological data tables on all templates based on expert review
  • modifications to Section 9 of all templates to allow printing of exponential notation and enhancements to the associated property printing
  • additional statements in Section 11 for glossary assignment when there is inconclusive data or no data for classification
  • modifications to Section 14 of all templates to enable users to print from a new Transport Print Control Module and more easily analyze and change the way transport data appears on documents. As part of the updates, MSDgen now also allows the printing of subsidiary, tertiary, quaternary, and marine pollutant hazard class symbols.

“We are observing global manufacturers burdened by the new REACH guidelines, under which any company manufacturing or importing more than 10 tons per year of hazardous substances must now provide an eSDS to their customers,” said Clark VanScoder, vice president, MSDgen Operations, 3E Company. “The newest version of MSDgen helps companies navigate through these emerging requirements and produce the conforming eSDSs and ESs, while giving visibility to safe use cases and the potential supply chain impact of hazardous substances to customers.”

MSDgen 6.06 is available immediately.

About 3E Company
3E Company, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK), offers a comprehensive suite of data, products, and services for environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance management. This solutions suite addresses the entire chemical life cycle and includes regulatory research; MSDS authoring, distribution, and management; transportation; emergency response; training; regulatory reporting; and hazardous waste management. 3E provides an industry-leading combination of a 24/7/365 EH&S mission-control call center and the world’s premier hazardous substance database of global regulatory and compliance information. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with additional operations in Canton, Ohio; Bethesda, Maryland; Kingsport, Tennessee; Montreal, Quebec; and Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information on 3E Company, visit www.3ecompany.com.

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Jenny Bingham
3E Company
Telephone: 619-980-4205
Email: jbingham@3ecompany.com

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