SharedSDS Feature Summary


  • Substances and mixtures database - free and private to each company
  • Underlying substance data can be shared under license to/with other companies eg., formulators who need accuracy not normally seen in the SDS
  • Shared data is either readonly or invisible. Only you can change your data.
  • Automatic searches of external databases for each substance
  • Data notes for best practice substance documentation

Semi-automatic SDS

  • GHS classification for substances and mixtures
  • Automatic insertion of hazards with their precautions - until signed-off
  • Mixture hazard calculations
  • Flexibility for authors.

SDS self-configures for each jurisdiction

SDS structure

  • Different classification criteria in different jurisdictions
  • Regulations unique to a jurisdiction displayed only for that jurisdiction
  • Ad hoc phrases for any section may be tagged for one or all jurisdictions
  • Recommended uses may be tagged for one or all jurisdictions

SDSs shared via license

  • Resellers/importers/distributors licensed to rebadge SDSs with their own contact detail and possibly logos
  • Resellers/importers/cannot cannot change the core SDS

Division oriented

  • SDSs remain with their Division when it is bought or sold


  • Workplaces register themselves for free access to assemble lists of SDSs
  • SDSs are instantly updated throughout the entire distribution chain
  • Users (except anonymous) receive change notifications when required

Anonymous searches

  • Restricted search filters
  • Results are culled to just a few SDSs per search
  • Anonymous users cannot assemble lists of SDSs

Emergency services

  • Special licensed access for medical and emergency services, their support services and Poison Centres
  • The EU requirement for medical emergency search keys - the UFI or Unique Formulation Identifier - introduced in 2020 and mandatory in 2025 is already operational in SharedSDS. Wrappers in EU countries get an automatic UFI no matter where head office is located.


Websites and software can never be credibly proclaimed hack-proof. However, we have chosen tools and frameworks for developing SharedSDS which are arguably state-of-the-art for attention to security by their respective developer communities. We ourselves are very conscious of security and happily stand on the shoulders of giants in the software world. It is a deliberate strategy to refrain from publicly revealing detail of our infrastructure. Please ask questions directly if you have an interest in such detail.


  • Free open source software supported at no charge
  • Being open source means it can never be withdrawn as unprofitable
  • Mutual aid support via user mailing list backed by SharedSDS developers
  • Supported over the long term by the Shared SDS Foundation
  • Development of new features at no charge if widely useful
  • Fee-for-service contracts to develop API interfaces to existing systems
  • Fee-for-service contracts for data transfer services
  • Free data transfer services for spreadsheet and consumer database users