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WTO Seeks Comments on the Draft of Vietnam Technical Regulation of Secondary Lithium Battery
Jul 19, 2019
According to the notification and original text, the draft regulates technical requirements for secondary lithium batteries and secondary lithium batteries used in devices. The text consists of 6 chapters, including general provisions, technical regulations, testing methods, management regulations, responsibilities of organizations and individuals etc.
MoE Deny Environmental Regulations Hinder Localization of Semiconductor Materials
Jul 17, 2019
Recently, the trade friction between Japan and South Korea on semiconductor materials has caused worldwide concern. In the face of Japan’s tough attitude, South Korea has to find other ways to obtain these important raw materials in a short time. One of the most contentious issues for South Koreans is the country’s lack of self-sustainability in semiconductor raw materials.
Global Clean Energy Investment Brought Down as China Adjusts Energy Policy
Jul 16, 2019
Global investment in clean energy fell to a five-year low in H1 2019, registering a total amount of USD 117.6 billion and a decline of 14%, says BloombergNEF.
New Zealand Chemical Inventory Updated
Jul 12, 2019
Recently, New Zealand EPA released an update to the New Zealand Inventory of Chemicals (NZloC). A total of 159 chemical substances have been newly added into the original NZloC, the inventory “status”* of three chemical substances has been updated and 28 chemical substances have been deleted from the original NZloC.
China MOT Consults on Program for Management of Atmospheric Tank Vehicles for Transporting Liquid Dangerous Goods
Jul 12, 2019
On July 5, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) released a notice to seek feedback on the Program for Management of Atmospheric Tank Vehicles for Transporting Liquid Dangerous Goods. The public consultation is set to end on July 20.
MEP Order 7: Draft Revision of China’s New Chemical Management System Unveiled
Jul 11, 2019
The draft amendments of MEP Order 7 were issued for public consultation. Exemptions are offered to small volume new substances imported or manufactured in volumes under 100kg a year. The draft included amendments of registration types, approval criteria, post-registration management and supervision, etc.
K-REACH: Pre-registration Information Can Still Be Updated Before Jul 19th
Jul 09, 2019
South Korea’s pre-registration of existing chemical substances ended on 30 June 2019. The Ministry of Environment (MoE) then issued on Jul 8th a notice which grants registrants a chance to directly supplement or update the submitted information by Jul 19th, 2019. Otherwise, a modification application should be applied for afterwards if any changes occur.
Japan to Restrict Exports of Three Chemicals Key to Semiconductor Industry in South Korea
Jul 09, 2019
Japan announced that it will remove South Korea from the “whitelist” in the Export Trade Management Order through an amendment act, and South Korea’s imports from Japan will lose preferential treatment. The export of fluorinated polyimides, photoresist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride from Japan to South Korea will be subject to heightened restrictions, which will impact local high-tech industry.
Taiwan to Phase out Mercury-Added Products
Jul 09, 2019
Taiwan is to prohibit the manufacture, importation and export of a range of mercury-added products in accordance with the Minamata Convention on Mercury from Jan 1st, 2021.
Australia SWA Consults on Proposal to Adopt GHS 7
Jul 08, 2019
On July 3, 2019, the Safe Work Australia (SWA) opened a consultation on the proposal to adopt an updated version of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for management of workplace hazardous chemicals. The consultation is set to end on July 28, 2019.
China Consults on Export Control Act
Korea MoE Opens Data Support Platform for K-REACH Registration
MEM Notice on Enabling the New Version of Safety Production Permit
New Zealand Consults on the Reassessment of Two Kinds of Hazardous Substances
Korea MoEL Requires SDS Online Submission from 2021
Road Transport of Dangerous Goods
China MOT, together with several other agencies, jointly issued the official version of the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods on November 25, 2019
2019 Top 10 Chemical Regulatory Updates in Asia-Pacific Region
2019 has been quite a year for the chemical industry of Asia-Pacific region. To recap the most important news of the year, we've put together a list of the top 10 chemical regulatory news in Asia-Pacific region.
China New Chemical
China's new chemical management system is under revision. The revision of MEP Order 7 and its overarching Regulation on Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances have been notified to the WTO for comments.
The revised K-REACH legislation is a significant deviation from the regulatory mechanisms outlined in the previous version. The amendments came into effect on Jan 1st, 2019, which sets out a plan of registering existing substances over 1 ton per year in the next 12 years.
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