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China MEE Adds 42 Substances into IECSC

On December 5, 2022, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued two announcements to make public 42 substances that were included into the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances in China (IECSC). See table below.

Announcement

MEE Announcement No. 2022-32

MEE Announcement No. 2022-33

Content

36 substances, which were previously registered under the Measures on Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances (MEP Order No. 7 of 2010), are now qualified for listing into the IECSC as existing chemical substances in China.

The addition of 6 substances to IECSC proposed in late August (CL news) was adopted. These 6 substances were manufactured in or imported into China before October 15, 2003, which fulfilled the supplementation criteria but missed the previous supplementation window.

Obligations

They are now regulated as existing chemical substances in China, and thus free from new chemical registration or notification requirements under the MEE Order No.12. However, if the substance is used for industrial applications other than the permitted uses, new usage registration will be required.

They are now regulated as existing chemical substances in China, and thus free from new chemical registration or notification requirements under the MEE Order No.12.

Details

Details of the abovementioned 36 substances include:

  • Chemical names (both in Chinese and English);

  • CAS numbers or Series numbers;

  • Molecular formula (if any); and

  • Permitted uses (if subject to new usage environmental management). 

See here.

Details of the abovementioned 6 substances include: 

  • Chemical name (both in Chinese and English);

  • Chinese alias and English alias;

  • CAS number; and

  • Molecular formula. 

See here.

The last update to the IECSC was made on July 19, 2022, adding 22 substances (CL news).

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