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China May Approve Amendments to New Chemical Management by October 2020

Takehome: MEP (now MEE) Order 7 is under revision and more than 500 comments on the proposed amendments have been received by Aug 16th, 2019. The revision of MEP Order 7 and its overarching Regulation on Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances were notified to the WTO for comments on Sep 2nd. China’s government is developing an E-certificate system, through which the new chemical registration certificate details will be accessible via a QR Code system.

500 public comments have already been received regarding the draft revision of the Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances (MEP Order 7, hereafter referred to as the Measures). During REACH24H’s Chemical Regulatory Annual Conference (CRAC 2019) in Xi’an on Sep 2nd, Ms. Hongying Liu from China’s Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center (SCC) under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) confirmed that regulators have increased their rate of analysis on all the comments received during the public feedback period. She also mentioned that the guidance and relevant registration forms are on the agenda to be updated to align with the revised Measures.

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