Monthly Recap: Chemical Regulatory Updates in September 2022
In September of 2022, China MEE released the Draft List of New Pollutants for Priority Management. South Korea opened a public consultation on rules of using non-testing methods for chemical registration under K-REACH. Japan sought hazard information on 3 ‘default candidate substances’. India published the Hydrogen Peroxide (Quality Control) Order, 2022. Australia announced the addition of 6 substances to AIIC. EU consulted on the introduction of new hazard classes. US EPA proposed to stop the authorized use of PFASs in antimicrobials.
China's Screening Criteria of Priority Assessment Chemical Substances
PACs mainly focus on toxic chemical substances with persistence (P) and bioaccumulation (B). For health hazards, it focuses on carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity. In terms of environmental hazards, it emphasizes the importance of chronic environmental hazards. Emergency safety risks such as explosiveness, flammability and acute toxicity are not considered in PACs assessment.
China to Revise GB 15258 for GHS Label Preparation
On September 22, 2022, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced the plan to revise the national mandatory standard GB 15258-2009 General Rules for Preparation of Precautionary Label for Chemicals in the next 16 months.