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SDS & Label Authoring Registry

SDS & Label Authoring Registry


SCHCThe SDS and Label Authoring Registry program recognizes chemical hazard communication and environmental health professionals who specialize in authoring safety data sheets (SDS) and labels. This registry program was developed through a partnership with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) to assure the recognition of competent professionals. To gain the Registered Professional: SDS and Label Author credential, an individual must meet the established qualifications and must demonstrate competency in the skills and knowledge defined by the program’s Body of Knowledge. This AIHA Registry Program is the first EHS Specialty Credential that provides recognition for individuals who have expertise in this area.  


Program Benefits

Registration through application and successful completion of the competency assessment will allow registrants to engage in the full benefits of the SDS and Label Authoring Registry program:

  • Listing on the Registry's database for consumer and industry access

  • Recognition as a credentialed professional among your peers

  • Shaping the future of the profession by providing a nimble means of linking emerging globally harmonized system (GHS) issues

  • Use of SDSRP designation

  • Demonstrating professional integrity through competency assessment 

  • Provides access to a community that shares best practices and solutions  


Preparing to Take the Assessment


The SDS and Label Authoring Registry Assessment is designed to determine an individual's proficiency in classification and labeling under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) international standard.  The skills and knowledge needed for the Registry assessment can be gained from formal education, in-house or professional training and on-the-job experience.


Review the Body of Knowledge

  • The SDS and Label Authoring Registry Body of Knowledge outlines the minimum skills and knowledge of a competent SDS and label author.

  • The BoK includes a listing of resources that can assist you in preparing for the Registry assessment.

  • The BoK is based on GHS Revision 5

  • A combination PDF of both the BoK and study guide can be found here.


Become familiar with the format of the Assessment

 The assessment is composed of two parts: 

  • Part One consists of 75 multiple-choice questions that focus on the general knowledge areas in the Body of Knowledge (BoK) - based on GHS Revision 5

​1.0 Math and Science (19%)​​
2.0 Hazard Communication (20%)
3.0 Physical Hazards (9%)
4.0 Health Hazards (21%)
5.0 Environmental Hazards (8%)
6.0 Industrial Hygiene & Safety (12%)
7.0 Risk Analysis (2%)
8.0 International GHS Implementation, Associated Regulations & Consensus Standards (8%)​

  • Part Two is a practical assessment of your ability to utilize the GHS to classify one substance and one mixture using the provided data sets and complete a Safety DataSheet (SDS) for the provided data set.

​​2A - Classification of a Substance
2B - Classification of a Mixture
2C - SDS Development

You are allowed up to two hours to complete each Part of the assessment. To become Registered, a candidate much achieve a passing score for Part 1 and for each section of Part 2. The passing score is set at 75% for Part 1 and each section of Part 2.




How to Apply 

  • Use the "Do I Qualify" button above to determine if you have enough points to qualify to take the assessment​

  • Use the “Apply Now” button to log into the system (or create a profile) if you have the required minimum of 20 points (including one year of SDS and Label Authoring experience)

  • Once you have logged into your account, use the “SDS and Label Authoring Registry” tile to upload the required documentation and pay the $100 application fee

  • When notified that you are eligible to take the exam, log back into your account, select your testing method (in-person or remote proctor), and pay for your assessment online

  • If you will be testing via remote proctor, schedule your exam for a date and time convenient for you with our remote proctoring service

You will be contacted if any information is missing or clarification is required. The application review process generally is completed within two weeks of receipt of all required information and requested clarifications. 


At least 20 qualification points must be documented in your application.  Points are gained through a combination of the following qualifications and are cumulative.


SDS/Label Authoring Experience


Documentation Required: Proof of experience.

A minimum of:

  • one (1) year of SDS (safety data sheet) and label authoring is required to apply for the registry. 

  • 40% of time spent on SDS / Label authoring or other hazard communication-related activities during the year is required for each year of experience claimed.


Proof of Experience must include your responsibilities related to preparing SDSs and labels and the period over which the activities have been performed.

  • Employee - submit a letter of verification from employer stating your job functions includes authoring SDS.

  • Consultants - submit a list of customers for whom SDS have been authored or if clients are confidential, a detailed description of the types of companies and types of products.

Total Years of Experience Points
1-4 5
5-9 10
10 or more 15


Higher Education

Documentation Required: A copy of diploma (can be unofficial).

Level of Education​​ Points
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science 5
Bachelor's in Non-Science Major 3
Associate's Degree 2
Certificate in Safety & Health 2
Master's in Engineering or Science 2
Doctorate in Engineering or Science 3

Continuing Education

Documentation Required:  A copy of your course completion confirmation(s) (e.g., Certificate of Completion), applicable page(s) from a Conference Program with proof of attendance, copy of attendance/sign-in sheet, or equivalent documentation.

Categories of acceptable courses include:

  • SDS and label authoring
  • general mathematics and computation
  • general chemistry
  • general biology
  • anatomy and physiology
  • toxicology and ecotoxicology
  • industrial hygiene and safety
  • transport and fate of chemicals
  • chemical waste
  • hazard communication
  • risk assessment and communication
  • regulations and consensus standards

Courses can be formal education, in-house or professional training.  Also acceptable is attendance at applicable sessions from professional or technical conferences.  Points are based on duration as follows: 

Course Duration Points
Conference session, per hour 0.125
.5 day 0.5
1 day 1
1.5 days 1.5
2 days 2


Documentation Required: A copy of your current certificate(s).  

Certification Points
Other* 2

*Other applicable credential.


Application fee ($100) is due when the application is submitted. The assessment fee -- and remote proctoring fee, if selected -- is due when signing up for the exam.


Maintaining Registration

Registered Professionals, SDS and Label Authoring, have two options for maintaining registration.