On August 30, 2021, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) published the partial revision to the Import Clearance Procedures for the Chemical Substances under the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (known as the “Chemical Substance Control Law” (CSCL)). The major amendments align with the revised CSCL Enforcement Ordinance (ChemLinked news) and will enter into force on October 22, 2021.
The major amendments include:
Adding 2,2,2-trichloro-1-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-(4-chlorophenyl) ethanol (also known as o,p’-Dicofol) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or its salts into the Appendix 1 of the Regulation - List of Class I Specified Chemical Substances;
Adding a total of 13 kinds of products into Appendix 2 of the Regulation as the products prohibited from importation if PFOA and/or its salts are used.
The 13 products are:
Water-resistant paper and oil-resistant paper
Water-repellent textiles and oil-repellent textiles
Anti-reflection agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors
Paints and varnish
Water repellent and oil repellent
Adhesives and sealing fillers
Fire extinguishers, fire-extinguishing agents, and fire-extinguishing foam
Water-resistant clothes and oil-resistant clothes
Water-repellent floor coverings and oil-repellent floor coverings