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China MEE Consults on 168 Substances into Existing Chemical Substances Inventory

168 substances will be added to the IECSC. The completeness of IECSC is a prerequisite for new chemical registration.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) is now consulting on supplementation of 168 chemical substances into the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances (IECSC). The substances details can be accessed here[1], including chemical name, alias, CAS No., molecular formula and structural formula. Any comments are welcome before March 20, 2020 (MEE notice[2]).

The authority called a halt to IECSC supplementation in November 2011 and reopened it in June 2019 (CL News[3]). Applications for more than 1,500 substances were submitted before the deadline of September 30, 2019. 

The 168 substances are the first batch of substances issued for public consultation after internal review. They were manufactured in or imported into China before October 15, 2003, which fulfilled the IECSC supplementation criteria but missed the previous supplementation window. 

The IECSC serves as the basis to judge whether a substance is identified as new chemical subject to registration under the Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances. Confirmation of whether the substance falls under IECSC is essential before entering the Chinese market. The revision of the Measures has been approved on February 17, 2020 and the full text will be published soon (CL news[4]). 

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