Philippines Philippines guides GHS implementation for mixtures

Philippines guides GHS implementation for mixtures

On May 27, 2021, the Philippines enacted the “EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-09: Guidelines in the implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Classification and Labeling Requirements for chemical mixtures“. All chemical mixtures, including those for reagents, industrial and commercial use, must be labeled and provided with SDS in accordance with GHS requirements under the Administrative Order No. 2015-09 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Importers need to require suppliers to submit SDS and label chemicals.


The definition of “mixtures” in this memorandum circular is as follows:

Combination of two or more chemical substances if the combination does not occur in nature and is not, in whole or in the past, the result of a chemical reaction, if none of the chemicals comprising the combination is a new chemical, and if the combination could have been manufactured for commercial purposes without a chemical reaction at the time the chemical substances comprising the combination were combined. This definition includes non-biodegradable mixtures.


Chemical substances used only in the preparation or manufacture of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, and pesticides are not subject to this circular. However, for dual-use chemicals, the actual use must be specified in the SDS.

This circular shall come into effect 15 days after publication in the public newspaper and upon registration in the National Administrative Register.


The original text of this circular can be downloaded from the following link

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji