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Control from the Source – Promotion of Low-VOCs Coating Products
Apr 23, 2020
This article introduces the national standard on technical requirements for low-VOC coating products, industry impact and its relationship with other national standards on the limits of hazardous substances in coating products.
Development of Chemical Management Legislation in Malaysia
Mar 13, 2020
Speaking at ChemCon held in Philadelphia on March 5, 2020, Ms. Hanisah Ahmad from Malaysia’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) introduced the current status of hazardous chemical legislations, challenges in chemical control, and future plans of Malaysia.
Southeast Asia Stepping up to Further Institutionalize Chemical and Environment Management
Mar 13, 2020
At ChemCon The Americas 2020 held in Philadelphia, US, Caroline Li from ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. summarized the latest developments of chemical- and environment-related regulations in Southeast Asia.
China’s Supervision of VOCs Emissions Critical to Combating Grave Environmental Issues
Oct 10, 2019
VOCs control is a core problem in environmental protection in China. The haze pollution caused by PM2.5 is the biggest problem in China in the past 5 years. During the Chemicals Environmental and Safety Management Session of the Chemical Regulatory Annual Conference 2019 held by REACH24H in Xi’an on September 3rd, 2019, Prof. Guangli Xiu from East China University of Science and Technology introduced VOCs policies, regulatory trends and chemical risk management in China.
China's VOC Management and Impact on the Chemical Industry
Sep 09, 2019
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a low boiling point (below 250ºC) at atmospheric pressure. While most of them are not acutely toxic, they are known to have negative long-term effects on human health. According to a study published in 2017, in China the use of VOC-containing products is the main source of VOC emissions, contributing about 75% of total emissions. Other sources are the production of VOCs (10%), the use of VOCs as raw materials (9%) and storage/transportation of VOCs (5%).
China’s Working Plans for the Environmental Management of Chemical Substances
Aug 23, 2019
China plans to optimize environmental management of chemicals through the implementation of a single overarching chemical regulation which would specify the broad compliance requirements for chemicals throughout their lifecycle and throughout the supply chain. To support this China will also implement two new systems of risk assessment and control, establish and improve 6 systems related to chemical registration, testing etc. Major focuses and tasks are also detailed.
China Concludes 1st Round of Central Government Environmental Inspections and Gears up for a New Round
Jun 21, 2019
In mid-May 2019, China’s first round of central government environmental inspections and follow-up reviews were wrapped up. It is reported that the central government has been vigorously preparing for a new round of actions to enhance environmental protection efforts.
An Overview of China’s 2019 Plan for EIA and Emission Management
Apr 04, 2019
Recently, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued the 2019 Priorities in Environmental Impact Assessment and Emission Management, with aims to specify key tasks and requirements with regard to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and emission management and provide instructions for authorities at both central and local levels.
An Overview of China’s Solid Waste and Chemical Management Plans in 2019
Mar 01, 2019
China 2019 work priorities for environmental management of solid waste and chemicals will focus on “system building”, “two major reforms”, “two special campaigns” and “four key tasks”.
China Scales Back Pollution Control Campaign to Offset Impact of US Tariffs
Oct 22, 2018
China’s chemical industry is the nation’s 3rd largest contributor to economic growth. Approximately 25% of the products/commodities subject to increased US tariffs are produced by China’s chemical industry. To offset the impact of US tariffs, MEE will throttle back on environmental protection goals and reduce requirements for PM2.5 concentration and the number of days of heavy pollution permitted. MEE will no longer demand an arbitrary and mandatory cut in production rates but will instead allow provincial/local governments to tailor an individualized scheme.
Korea GHS: Revised Standards for Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances and Material Safety Data Sheet Published
Vietnam Reopens the Substance Nomination Window for the National Chemical Inventory
China Officially Releases the Second Batch of Priority Controlled Chemicals
China Consults on New Draft Law on Safety of Hazardous Chemicals
Monthly Digest: Chemical Regulatory Updates in Asia-Pacific Region in October 2020
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H1 2020 Top 10 Chemical Regulatory Updates in Asia-Pacific Region
Taiwan Releases Guidance for Priority Existing Chemical Substances Registration
China New Chemical
MEE Opens Public Consultation on New Chemical Registration Transitional Measures
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