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China’s Law on Safety of Hazardous Chemicals to Enter Deliberation in 2024

Recently, China’s national legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC), and the State Council released their 2024 legislation work plan respectively. Notably, according to these plans, the process of enacting the Law on Safety of Hazardous Chemicals (hereinafter referred to as the Law), legislation poised to regulate China’s hazardous chemicals in place of Decree 591, will take a significant step forward.

ChemLinked previously reported that the Chinese government showed its ambition in the legislation work regarding the safety of hazardous chemicals, aiming to the Law by the end of 2028 (CL news). To achieve this goal, the State Council announced in its 2024 legislative work plan on 6 May 2024 to submit of the draft of the Law to the NPCSC for initial deliberation. Following the State Council, on 8 May 2024, the NPCSC stated in its 2024 legislative work plan that, the draft of the Law will undergo initial deliberation this year.

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As the legislative process in China, after the initial deliberation, the draft may be sent to specialized committees or expert groups for further review.  Following the expert review, the draft returns to the NPCSC for a second round of deliberation, taking into account the expert opinions and recommendations. Amendments may be proposed, and further revisions will be made. Once the deliberation stage is completed, the draft moves to the voting phase on whether to approve the draft as a law. If the majority of members support the draft, it is passed and becomes law, and will be promulgated and officially published and implemented nationwide.

Once the Law is promulged, it will provide a solid legal foundation and signify the improvement of China's management system for hazardous chemicals, enhancing the administrative legal effect and government regulatory capacity in this area. ChemLinked will keep an eye on the updates of the legislation progress. Please stay tuned.

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