MEE Opens Public Consultation on New Chemical Registration Transitional Measures The last transitional measure now is being heatedly discussed, for it may affect many companies who have submitted or propose to apply for registration this year under MEP Order 7 requirements. According to this measure, if the application process cannot be completed this year, the applicant will have to reapply under the new Measures, which are significantly different from the relevant requirements in the draft Measures, which were released last July. According to the draft Measures, registration applications that have been accepted but have not yet been approved were to be processed in accordance with the relevant provisions of Order No.7. Considering the impact proposed changes will have on compliance obligations and market access requirements for stakeholders, we suggest that applicants submit comments to authorities and avail of the opportunity to advocate for more industry-friendly transitional measures.
South Korea Publishes 16,905 Pre-registered Substances under K-REACH 179,793 pre-registration applications were submitted for 16,905 chemical substances. More than 11% of the pre-registered substances are manufactured or imported over 1,000 tonnes per year.
Vietnam National Chemical Inventory Nominations are Still Underway For the substances without CAS number, nomination through an e-mail may be acceptable. The authority is considering extending the period for enterprises to propose chemicals.
China SAMR to Launch Nationwide Examination of Product Safety and Quality in the Field of Hazchem On May 26, 2020, the General Office of the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced that action would be taken nationwide to examine product safety and quality of hazardous chemicals, packaging materials of hazardous chemicals and vehicle-carrying tanks which are used to contain hazardous chemicals.
WTO Notifies Thailand’s Amendment to the List of Hazardous Substances (Updated) In conclusion, the above 5 chemicals are proposed to be changed to Type 4, which means they will be totally prohibited. What’s more, the exemption condition for Chlorpyrifos, Chlorpyrifos-methyl and Paraquat dichloride are repealed as well.
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