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China Publishes General Principles of Technical Guidelines for Eco-environmental Health Risk Assessment
Mar 25, 2020
On March 18, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published the official version of the General Principles of Technical Guidelines for Eco-environmental Health Risk Assessment.
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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Taiwan Publishes Revised Principles for Screening and Identification of Toxic Substances and Substances of Concern
Dec 27, 2019
On December 23rd, 2019, Taiwan EPA announced the amendments of the Principles for Screening and Identification of Toxic Chemical Substances. The Principles were updated according to the new Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act (TCCSCA) and will help to assess whether a substance should be identified as a toxic substance or a substance of concern.
Japan MHLW Proposes Addition of Six Poisonous or Deleterious Chemical Substances
Dec 27, 2019
On December 5, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) held an internal meeting. Based on preliminary findings it was proposed that six substances could be designated as poisonous or deleterious substances. The details of the six substances are shown in the table below.
South Korea Designates Eight New Toxic Chemicals
Dec 04, 2019
On Nov 28th, 2019, South Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) published by NIER Announcement No.2019-56 the updates on the Toxic Chemical Substances List (TCSL).
The Philippines Issued CCO on Arsenic and Its Compounds
Nov 15, 2019
The Philippine Environment Management Bureau (EMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued Chemical Control Orders (CCOs) for Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds (DAO 2019-17)
South Korea Designates 18 New Toxic Chemicals
Oct 18, 2019
On Oct 15th, 2019, South Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) officially listed 18 toxic chemical substances (Given No. 2019-1-931 ~ 2019-1-948) into the Toxic Chemical Substances List (TCSL). They were registered and found toxic after the hazard evaluation under K-REACH. In addition, the chemical names of three toxic chemical substances (Given No. 97-1-130, 2014-1-695, 2017-1-789) were updated. The updates came into effective immediately.
Taiwan Consults on Amendments to Toxic Chemical Transportation Management Regulation
Sep 29, 2019
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is consulting on changes to its transportation management regulation for regulated toxic substances and chemicals of concern. The consultation will close on Nov 24th, with the changes scheduled to take effect on Jan 16th, 2020.
Japan to Adjust List of Chemical Substances Subject to Its PRTR System
Sep 26, 2019
Takehome: The Japanese METI plans to adjust the criteria of substance selection as well as the substances list under its PRTR system.
South Korea to Revise Hazchem Concentration Limits for Children’s Products
Sep 20, 2019
On Jun 4th, 2015, The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) implemented a Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products for all products or parts/components designed for children under 13 years. Children’s products are regulated under the Special Act which is supported by the Common Safety Standards and product specific vertical standards.
Malaysia Updates the List of Classified Chemicals
China Consults on the General Specifications (Part 1) of GB 30000
China MEE Approves Amendments to New Chemical Substances Management
China’s Chemical Sector Bears Brunt of Coronavirus Blow
Development of Chemical Management Legislation in Malaysia
Road Transport of Dangerous Goods
China MOT, together with several other agencies, jointly issued the official version of the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods on November 25, 2019
2019 Top 10 Chemical Regulatory Updates in Asia-Pacific Region
2019 has been quite a year for the chemical industry of Asia-Pacific region. To recap the most important news of the year, we've put together a list of the top 10 chemical regulatory news in Asia-Pacific region.
China New Chemical
China's new chemical management system is under revision. The revision of MEP Order 7 and its overarching Regulation on Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances have been notified to the WTO for comments.
The revised K-REACH legislation is a significant deviation from the regulatory mechanisms outlined in the previous version. The amendments came into effect on Jan 1st, 2019, which sets out a plan of registering existing substances over 1 ton per year in the next 12 years.
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