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India REACH: Fifth Draft of the Chemicals Management and Safety Rules Released India released the fifth draft of the Chemicals (Management and Safety) Rules (known as “India REACH”) on August 24, 2020. This fifth draft is believed to be the final draft, despite the fourth draft issued in March 2020 was claimed as the final draft. As planned, it will be notified to the WTO for a 60-day consultation and come into force early next year.
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Thailand Joins OECD’s Mutual Acceptance of Chemical Safety Data Agreement After joining the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) scheme under OECD, duplicate testing for the Thailand’s chemical products which are marketed in multiple MAD participating countries will be removed.
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Taiwan to Revise New and Existing Chemical Registration Fees On 17 September 2020, Taiwan EPA issued a proposed revision to the Standard on Toxic Chemical Substances Handling Application Fee and Chemical Registration Fee. It is now subject to a period of public consultation lasting 60 days.
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New Polymer Registration under China MEE Order No.12 Polymer registration is always of crucial concern for the chemical industry. They are generally regarded as representing a low safety concern and can benefit from exemption or reduced registration requirements under some circumstances. New polymers are assigned special provisions in the Measures for the Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order No.12) which is set to take effect on January 1st next year and its draft Guidance on Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances (hereafter referred to as the draft Guidance). This article provides details concerning special rules and related requirements for polymers to help enterprises better cope with the polymer registration under MEE Order No.12.
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China NHC Proposed Amendment Overhauling the Pending Mandatory Standard for Ingredients of Disinfectants On September 3, 2020, the Chinese National Health Commission displayed the amendment to the pending mandatory standard, “GB 388750-2020 Lists of Material and Restricted Substances in Disinfectants”, which is due to take effect on November 1, 2020.
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Philippines to Reinstate the Licensing Requirements for Certain Household/Urban Hazardous Substances The business operators of five categories of products containing HUHS, including ENDS/ENNDS, DIY and hobby items, and children care articles, etc. will have to comply with the reinstated licensing requirements.
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