The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) announced on June 16, 2022 (announcement1) the launch of a campaign to inspect and supervise the compliance of monitored chemicals production. Inspections on the approvals that were granted after July 1, 2021 for the special permit for monitored chemicals production should be carried out by provincial authorities, followed by the corresponding supervision. On-site inspection or dossier review will be conducted as appropriate.
Monitored chemicals refer to chemicals listed in China’s List of Monitored Chemicals2, which is the localized inventory of the Annex on Chemicals to the Chemical Weapon Convention. It includes 4 Schedules:
Schedule 1: Chemicals that can be used as chemical weapons;
Schedule 2: Chemicals that can be used as precursors to produce chemical weapons;
Schedule 3: Chemicals that can be used as raw materials to produce chemical weapons;
Schedule 4: Specific organic chemicals except explosives and pure hydrocarbons.
Enterprises engaging in production, use, operation and import/export of the monitored chemicals shall comply with the obligations under the Regulations on Administration of Monitored Chemicals and the Implementation Rules. For example:
For Schedule 1 monitored chemicals, the import and export should be reported to the authority under State Council for approval;
For Schedule 2 and 3 monitored chemicals, and Schedule 4 monitored chemicals that contain phosphorus, sulfur, or fluorine, the production should be carried out with special permit granted by the authority.
Relevant inspections and supervisions already have been started. ChemLinked will keep a close eye on the updates. Please stay tuned.