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Colombia - GHS Status

GHS Status

Focal points:

Ministry of Transport (Transport of Dangerous Goods) Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry of Labour

GHS implementation status

Transport of dangerous goods


For international transport of dangerous goods, see “Implementation through international legal instruments, recommendations, codes and guidelines”

For regional transport within the ANDEAN Community (Comunidad Andina) refer to the information provided under “Andean Community”.

National transport of dangerous goods by road is regulated in Colombia by Decree 1609 of 31 July 2002. A resolution making mandatory the certification of drivers of vehicles for the transport of dangerous goods was issued in May 2014 (Resolution 1223 of 14 May 2014).

The provisions applicable to packagings for each class (1 to 9) are contained in the national standards referenced to in Decree 1609. The national standards are aligned with different versions of the UN Model Regulations.

Other sectors:


Workplace, consumer products and pesticides (agricultural use)


On 6 August 2018, Colombia adopted Decree No. 1496, implementing the 6th revised edition of the GHS (GHS, Rev.6), for substances and mixtures meeting the criteria of at least one of the GHS hazard classes. According to Article 1 (paragraph 1) of the decree, the different ministries countersigning the decree (Ministries of Health, Labour, Agriculture, Transport and Industry) will define the implementation period on their areas of responsibility. Consequently, a resolution by the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Health (Resolution 0773) for implementation of the provisions of GHS Rev.6 at the workplace was released on 7 April 2021.

For pesticides of agricultural use, refer to the information provided under “Andean Community”.