The Philippines to Clarify CBI Requests for Chemical Evaluation
In November 2023, The Philippines Environmental Management Bureau under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released a draft Administrative Order which clarifies the process for requesting of Confidential Business Information (CBI) for chemical evaluations of general inquiries and permits applied to the Bureau.
Singapore to Prohibit Indoor Paints Containing Formaldehyde
Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) is currently soliciting comments on the proposed controls for formaldehyde (CAS No. 50-00-0) in paints, aiming to prohibit the sales (e.g., retail, online) of paints with formaldehyde which are used for indoor applications.
The Philippines Consults on Updating PICCS List
In November 2023, the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-EMB) released drafts on updating the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances (PICCS) for year 2022 and 2023, which would expand the present number of chemicals listed in the PICCS from 22,277 to 22,439 with the addition of 162 new chemicals.
Global Chemical Regulation Highlights | November 2023
In November of 2023, China released a notice to strengthen standardized environmental management on hazardous wastes. South Korea designated 55 new toxic chemical substances and updated the GHS Classification List. Japan opened a public consultation to designate NPE as Class II Specified Chemical Substance under the CSCL. Thailand DIW proposed to list 147 PFHxS related substances as Type 3 hazardous substances. New Zealand called for submissions regarding proposed changes to a series of group standards to reduce the maximum allowable levels of lead in paint.