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Brief on Recent Developments in Thailand’s Hazardous Substance Act
Oct 14, 2019
Hazardous Substance Act (HSA) is the most major chemical regulation in Thailand, which has been revised four times since it was released in 1992. In April 2019, Thailand released the Hazardous Substance Act (No.4), which will take effect on 27th October 2019. The fourth revision focused on stating the definition of “transit” and separating it from “import” and speeding up the customs process by reducing repeat steps.
CICO, K-REACH’s SIEF System Finally Opens
Oct 10, 2019
On 7th October 2019, South Korea finally open the Chemical Substance Information Communicative Organization (CICO) to the public. CICO is the SIEF system used in K-REACH and is a hugely important topic for stakeholders. According to Article 10 of K-REACH, the existing chemical substances which are imported or manufactured over 1 ton per year shall complete pre-registration or late pre-registration to obtain a Grace Period for importation or production prior to formal registration. For enterprises that wish to register the same substance, it is necessary to join CICO first and then establish a "consortium" to prepare for joint registration during the grace period.
Thailand Issues the List of Hazardous Substances (No.5)
Oct 09, 2019
In September 2019, the Thailand Department of Industrial Work (DIW) under the Ministry of Industry (MOI) published the approved List of Hazardous Substances (No.5). The consultation on this amendment started in March.
Taiwan Issues the Standard for Coatings VOCs Management
Sep 29, 2019
On 14th August 2019, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration Executive Yuan (EPA) released the approved version of Standard for the VOCs in the Coatings Used for Buildings and Industrial Maintenance. The consultation on the draft of the Standard was conducted from January to March this year.
China Publishes a Guideline for Self-assessment of Conformity under RoHS2
Sep 26, 2019
On 30th August, China Standardization Administration issued Notice 10 of 2019 to approve 501 national standards and the modification of 6 national standards. The Guideline of Conformity Assessment for Hazardous Substances in Electronic and Electrical Products (GB/T 37876-2019) was one of the approved standards and will enter into force on the 1st March 2020.
China Issues Guidance Framework for Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals
Sep 12, 2019
On 3rd September, 2019, China Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a notice to publish the Framework Guide to the Technology Methods of Environmental Risk Assessment for Chemical Substances (Trial), which is an important supporting document for Environmental Risk Assessment and Control Regulation for Chemical Substances. This Guide specifies the basic framework for risk assessment, and clarifies the basic points, technical requirements, and report preparation as well. It is worthy noticing that the Guide applies to environmental risk assessments of different exposure pathways for the normal production and use of a single chemical substance, and does not apply to risk assessment under accidental exposure conditions.
South Korea Publishes FAQs on Notification of Products Containing Priority Management Substances
Sep 12, 2019
On 28th December 2018, two lists of 672 substances subject to priority management under K-REACH were issued by South Korea's Ministry of Environment. Notification of products containing priority management substances (including hydrates) is required before manufacture or importation if the content of a priority management substance exceeds 0.1 % w/w; and the total import or manufacture weight of the priority management substance in products is over one ton per year.
China Updates Workplace Hazardous Chemical OELs Standards
Sep 04, 2019
In the new version, besides the update of OELs and substance information, the description method of short-time exposure limit for hazardous agents without PC-STEL is changed. The content of adverse health effects, ratio of occupational exposure level to OELs, biological exposure limits and the grading of exposure level and corresponding measures, etc. are added as well.
Changes Made to China’s Solid Waste Pollution Prevention and Control Law
Aug 23, 2019
On 25th June, the new draft revision of the Law on the Prevention and Control of Solid Waste Pollution was submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for review for the first time. On 5th July, NPC released the full contents of the draft and sought feedback on the draft from the public.
MEM Revises the Administrative Measures on Emergency Response Plan for Workplace Accidents
Aug 22, 2019
On 11th July, 2019, China Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) issued Decree 2 of 2019  to announce the Decision on Amending the Administrative Measures on Emergency Response Plan for Work Place Accidents and revise the Measures.
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