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China MEE Solicits Information Concerning Six Persistent Organic Pollutants
Sep 30, 2019
China MEE issued a notice to solicit information concerning six POPs which will be subject to prohibitive or restrictive measures adopted by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Taiwan Issues the Standard for Coatings VOCs Management
Sep 29, 2019
On 14th August 2019, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration Executive Yuan (EPA) released the approved version of Standard for the VOCs in the Coatings Used for Buildings and Industrial Maintenance. The consultation on the draft of the Standard was conducted from January to March this year.
Taiwan Consults on Amendments to Toxic Chemical Transportation Management Regulation
Sep 29, 2019
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is consulting on changes to its transportation management regulation for regulated toxic substances and chemicals of concern. The consultation will close on Nov 24th, with the changes scheduled to take effect on Jan 16th, 2020.
Australia Consults on Principles for Design of Fees and Charges for AICIS
Sep 27, 2019
On September 16, 2019, the Australian government released the draft Principles for Cost Recovery of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) to solicit public comments. The consultation is set to end on October 14, 2019.
China Publishes a Guideline for Self-assessment of Conformity under RoHS2
Sep 26, 2019
On 30th August, China Standardization Administration issued Notice 10 of 2019 to approve 501 national standards and the modification of 6 national standards. The Guideline of Conformity Assessment for Hazardous Substances in Electronic and Electrical Products (GB/T 37876-2019) was one of the approved standards and will enter into force on the 1st March 2020.
Japan to Adjust List of Chemical Substances Subject to Its PRTR System
Sep 26, 2019
Takehome: The Japanese METI plans to adjust the criteria of substance selection as well as the substances list under its PRTR system.
China MEP 7 Timetabled for Major Changes Based on Public Feedback Received to Date
Sep 24, 2019
During the training course of environmental management of new chemical substances held at Jinan on Sept 18, 2019, Ms. Ling Lu from China’s Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center (SCC) under the MEE introduced that more than 500 comments on the proposed amendments have been received by Aug 16th, 2019.
China Introduces Guidance Framework for Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals
Sep 24, 2019
On Aug 26, 2019, China’s MEE and NHC (National Health Commission) jointly signed the Framework Guide for Technology Methods for Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemical Substances (Trial) (heretheaafter referred to as the Guide) which was posted on the website on Sept 3. The Guide serves as the supporting document for the Environmental Risk Assessment and Control Regulation for Chemical Substances.
Updates on China's IECSC Supplementation
Sep 20, 2019
China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) reopened the supplementation of China’s Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances (IECSC) on June 21, 2019. Manufacturers, importers, users of chemicals, industrial associations, etc. should submit their applications and relevant evidence to the MEE and apply for IECSC supplementation before Sept 30, 2019.
JT/T 617 Revisited After 10 Months: A Cornerstone of China’s Regulatory Framework for Road Transport of Dangerous Goods
Sep 20, 2019
During the 18th China International Chemical Industry Fair (ICIF) held in Shanghai this week, Mr. Peng Jianhua from the Ministry of Transport reviewed the Regulations Concerning Road Transportation of Dangerous Goods (JT/T 617 series).
China’s Chemical Sector Bears Brunt of Coronavirus Blow
China MEE Approves Amendments to New Chemical Substances Management
Korea MoEL Requires SDS Online Submission from 2021
Korea MoE Opens Data Support Platform for K-REACH Registration
New Zealand Consults on the Reassessment of Two Kinds of Hazardous Substances
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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