Group standards

Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use.

A group standard sets out conditions that enable a group of hazardous substances to be managed safely.

Most domestic and workplace chemicals (except for pesticides, timber treatment chemicals and vertebrate toxic agents) are approved under group standards.

There are 3 sets of group standards listed below:

  • 2020: This is the current set of group standards that are now in force. They incorporate the GHS 7 based classification system that was implemented on 30 April 2021. Note that you may comply with any labelling, safety data sheet and packaging requirements that are in the old group standards until 30 April 2025. However we strongly recommend updating to the new requirements as soon as possible.
  • 2017 and pre-2017: These group standards have been superseded by the 2020 group standards. Note that any labelling, safety data sheet and packaging requirements in these superseded group standards remain valid until 30 April 2025. However we strongly recommend updating to the new requirements as soon as possible.

What is a group standard?

Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type, hazard or use.

Assign your product to a group standard

Once you know which group standard is relevant to you, the next step is to apply for your hazardous substance to be assigned to it.

Issuing a new group standard approval

If your hazardous substance does not fit within an existing group standard, a new group standard may need to be issued. Find out how this works.

Applying for a group standard amendment

Amendments can be made to existing groups standards to reflect industry changes or to incorporate additional products. Find out how to apply for an amendment.

2020 group standards

This is the current set of group standards that are in force.

2017 group standards

These group standards have been superseded by the 2020 group standards.

Pre-2017 group standards

These group standards have been superseded by the 2020 group standards.