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Advantages of the SDS Label Authority Registry

The Safety Data Sheet 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, developed through a partnership with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), ensures the recognition of competent professionals. Its goal is to improve the overall quality of SDSs and labels by encouraging individuals to develop the knowledge and skills needed to gain this credential. 

Here are just a few reasons why pursuing your SDSRP through AIHA’s registry Program may be advantageous: 

1. Gain global expert status 

​As more countries adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), competent individuals are needed to ensure accurate and consistent safety data sheets (SDS) and labels. 

The accurate classification of a chemical’s hazards, effective transmittal of information about those hazards, and the associated protective measures help ensure the safe use of chemicals through a product’s life cycle. This information is of vital importance for the safety and health of employees and consumers. 

2. Get associated costs covered with (or while) elevating your competenc

Many employers are open to paying for their staff to sit for this competency assessment because being part of this registry is a good business decision. The assessment is taken on an online platform and the fee is $200. There is also an online, remote proctoring option available, saving on exam-related travel expenses, for an additional fee of $50. 

To be eligible for registration with the SDS Label Authority Registry you must have at least one year of SDS and label authoring experience. Additionally, some combination of higher education, continuing education, and professional certification is required before an individual is eligible to sit for the exam. 

Applicants must submit an online SDS and Label Authoring Registry application and supporting documentation for review and pay the non-refundable $100 nonrefundable application fee. Only those candidates that meet the eligibility requirements, will be able to schedule their competency assessment.

3) Earn much-deserved recognition 

Think about it…if you wanted to hire an electrician for your home, wouldn’t you feel better if you knew that the person you were about to hire had passed a competency assessment from an objective, third party? 

Similar to the SDSRP…if you have this credential under your belt, employers may look at you differently and so will their clients/customers. The credential is valid for 5 years and some of its benefits include: 

  • Earn your Safety Data Sheet Registered Professional (SDSRP) designation through the AIHA Registry Programs
  • Get listed on the AIHA Registry’s public website

It’s easy to get started. 

Your first step is to download the ​free infographic​​ to review the steps for success. 

Next, become familiar with the competency assessment. The SDS and Label Authoring Registry competency assessment is composed of a multiple-choice exam that focuses on the knowledge areas in the Body of Knowledge​ (BoK) and a practical exam based on the candidate’s ability to utilize the GHS to classify a substance and a mixture, and complete a safety data sheet, using the provided data sets. 

To learn more, contact AIHA Registry Programs at or visit the AIHA Registry Programs website