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SAWS Order 53: Measures for the Administration of Hazardous Chemicals Registration (2012)
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Competent Authority:
State Administration of Work Safety (now MEM)
In force
Release Date:
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Official Measures for the Administration of Hazardous Chemicals Registration (2012)_CN version
Official Registration form of HC Producers/Manufacturers_CN
Official Registration form of HC importers_CN
Official Application Form for all Subject Companies_CN
Official Application Form of Registration Modification_CN
Official Application From of Renewal Registration_CN
Official Documentary Proof of Registration Modification_CN
Official Notice of Non-acceptance of Registration Application_CN
Official Notice of Requesting Supplementary Materials_CN
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Measures for the Administration of Hazardous Chemicals Registration (SAWS Order 53 of 2012)
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July 1, 2012, China State Administration of Work Safety published the final version of the revised legislation on hazardous chemicals registration. As one main supporting law under the Decree 591, this new regulation has taken effect since August the 1st this year and will replace its predecessor version that had been released in 2002 by the former State Economic Trade Commission, a comprehensive administration set up in 1993 and repealed in 2003.

Revision on this regulation entered a substantial phase in October last year when the SAWS put forward on its website a revised draft for a near 40-day public consultation. In May 2012, the final version was adopted on the agency's director-level meeting and later endorsed by the SAWS director in chief on July 1, as the ministerial decree - "SAWS Order 53".

Subsequent to near 10 years’ practice of the existing registration model for hazardous chemicals, the revision greatly promotes the implementation of GHS in China and hazardous chemicals importers have been incorporated into the registration obligation for the first time. Affected importers are now obliged to register the hazardous chemicals, prior to its first import in China, with local registration offices affiliated to their corresponding competent authorities of work safety. They will also face escalated compliance urgency on GHS hazard classification, labeling, SDS making/updating and more visible regulatory concerns like hazard identification and risk control measures.

In the middle of July 2012, the NRCC-SAWS released eight application or procedure related documents for a 10-day public comments. The eight documents are used to support the implementation of SAWS Order 53.  Consultation on these documents ended on July 25, 2012.

On October 17th, 2012, China Sate Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) has issue 8 documents for hazardous chemical registration. The “Application Form like” documents of different situations contain:

Registration form of HC Producers/Manufacturers

It is used for producers and manufacturers to input required registration information, including 9 tables and one guidance on how to fill the tables. It is worth noting that if a company applicant is engaged in both production and import of hazardous chemicals, he shall be regarded as a producer/manufacturer applicant for the registration.

Registration form of HC importers

It is used for importers to input required registration information, comprised of 7 tables and guidance on how to fill the tables. Importers herein are classified into two types: importers that use a hazardous substance (“HC users” in short), and importers involved with the trading operation of hazardous chemicals (“HC traders” in short).

Application Form for all Subject Companies

This brief sheet contains mainly information about the Industry and Commerce Business License number and the responsible personnel information who arranges the registration.

Application Form of Registration Modification

This table is used for companies that have been granted with a registration certificate but are obliged to modify some registered information prior to the expiry of the registration certificate. If there are any changes with the information about the company name, address, registered substance variety, emergency telephone number, or any new hazard properties arising out of the registered chemical substance, you have to submit the modification materials together with this Form within 15 working days to your corresponding registration office. Following the approval of this modification application, a new registration certificated will be issued and the original certificate withdrawn.

Application From of Renewal Registration

This sheet is used for HC registrants that apply for a renewed registration when the original certificate is going to expire. Companies shall be aware that each registration certificate has a validity term of 3 years and has to be renewed 3 months before the expiry date if they want to continue with the manufacturing or import.

Documentary Proof of Registration Modification

This sheet will be issued by the NRCC-SAWS in response to an application for registration modification when the changed information is not marked on the certificate. It is used as a documentary proof of evidence for the validity of modification since the original certificate will not be renewed and the modification is not demonstrated on the certificate.

Notice of Not Accept the Registration Application

This document is issued by the NRCC-SAWS to inform a company applicant why his application is rejected.

Notice of Requesting Supplementary Materials

This document is issued by NRCC-SAWS to demand additional application documents when the previously submitted materials are not enough to conclude on the registration.



SAWS Order 53: Measures for the Administration of Hazardous Chemicals Registration (2012)
In force
Release Date: 2012-07-01
Implementation Date : 2012-08-01
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Implementation Date : /
Release Date: 2002-11-15
Implementation Date : 2002-11-15