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He focuses on China TDG, China RoHS, China Coatings and chemical regulation dynamics in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Introduction of Singapore Resource Sustainability Act 2019
Feb 21, 2020
This Act imposes obligations relating to the collection and treatment of electrical and electronic waste and food waste, requires reporting of packaging imported into or used in Singapore, regulates producer responsibility schemes, and promotes sustainability.
MEM Notice on Enabling the New Version of Safety Production Permit
Feb 17, 2020
On February 12, China Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) issued a notice announcing the implementation of a new version of the safety production permit. The new permit is redesigned from the Safety Production Permit enabled by State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) issued in 2004. It is applicable to non-coal mining enterprises, and hazardous chemicals and fireworks manufacturers.
New Zealand Consults on the Reassessment of Two Kinds of Hazardous Substances
Feb 17, 2020
There are two public consultations open for submission on the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website now, both of which concern the reassessment of hazardous substances. One consultation is for the reassessment of benzalkonium chlorides (BACs), this reassessment has already finished, and the proposed changes are currently subject to public consultation. The second public consultation has been issued to gather data and information on hydrogen cyanamide containing products.
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Thailand Consults on Future Action Plan for Management of POPs
Feb 10, 2020
To ensure comprehensive compliance with the Stockholm Convention on POPs, Thailand released a management plan with an action plan. The management plan reviewed the current implementation of the Stockholm Convention and proposed future actions on POPs. The action plan listed each activity’s purpose, indicators, competent authorities, schedule, and budget.
Taiwan Releases the Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances
Jan 20, 2020
Takehome: Taiwan EPA released the revised Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances and repealed the Approval Regulations for Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances. The application procedures for toxic or concerned chemical substances permit, registration, and approval are specified in this Regulations, as well as the management and supervision of the permit, registration, and approval.
Thailand Specifies the Notification and Licensing of Hazardous Substances Transit
Jan 19, 2020
Takehome: The detailed notification and licensing process of hazardous substances transit are stipulated in the DIW Notice, as well as supplemented provisions for applicants. The Notice also provides the standard formats of notifications and approvals.
Road Transport of Dangerous Goods: Inspection of Tankers
Jan 15, 2020
Tankers are subject to stict inspections before being approved for use on the road. Tankers designated for transport of specific categories of dangerous goods are also subject to additional screening depending on the category of dangerous goods.
China Consults on Export Control Act
Jan 08, 2020
On December 28, 2019, the China National People’s Congress (NPC) released a new draft  of the Export Control Act. Public comments will be solicited until January 26, 2020.
Road Transport of Dangerous Goods: Responsibilities of Loaders
Jan 07, 2020
In the previous articles, we have discussed the responsibilities and obligations of consignors and carriers, the two significant roles in the road transport of dangerous goods. However, besides the two roles mentioned above, another role is emphasized in the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods , namely, the loaders.
MEM Officially Issues the Guideline for Hazchem Enterprises on Emergency Preparations for Production Safety Accidents
Jan 06, 2020
On December 26th, 2019, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) issued a Notice  to publish the Guideline for Hazchem Enterprises on Emergency Preparations for Production Safety Accidents.
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