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19 July 2022, China MEE announced that the 22 substances have fulfilled the requirements for IECSC supplementation and will be managed as existing chemical substances. CIRS warmly reminds that related enterprises must make sure whether their substances are existing substances. The Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order No. 12) require enterprises to complete new substance registration/record before manufacturing or importing, or they may face various punishments. To find whether the substance is existing substance, please search CIRS APCISS system.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam proposes to issue a draft to replace the chemical management Decree No.38/2014/ND-CP formulated on the basis of the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction” (the “Chemical Weapons Convention”, CWC).
China’s chemical inventory of existing chemical substances is IECSC, which stands for the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC). There are two parts of IECSC, public part and classified/confidential part. Companies can check out the public part by themselves and shall only enquire Authorities for classified/confidential part. If substances are not listed in the public part, companies have to submit a formal enquiry to SCC to check whether a substance is listed in the confidential part. The enquiry costs 3000 RMB.
On the afternoon of June 22, the European Commission voted to construct the first regulation on the Carbon Boundary Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in the worldwide range. This event marks that the European Commission (on July 15, 2021), the Council of the European Union (on March 15, 2022), and the European Parliament (on June 22, 2022) have released their own versions of the CBAM regulations.
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) of Malaysia is collecting public comments on the revision to the Occupation Safety and Health Act, making it aligns with the eighth edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). On June 13, the proposed updates announced by the DOSH would apply to the Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet) Act 2013.
On June 10, 2022, the European Commission revised the definition of nanomaterials in a new Recommendation. As a deliverable of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the new Recommendation supports a coherent EU regulatory framework for nanomaterials, helping to align legislation across all sectors. It is expected that different individual sectors will update their internal definition according to the revised definition after the new Recommendation is implemented. Each sector will proceed in accordance with its own timetable.
On June 3, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan identified four substances that pose a risk of respiratory issues or skin absorption to workers on exposure. The Ministry recommends that companies that produce or process these substances should take precautionary measures under the Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHA), including alleviating or preventing workers’ exposure to these substances by improving ventilation conditions, as well as providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Columbia released the Circular Letter 018 (Circular 018 in Spanish) on June 1, 2022. In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 2.2.7B.2.2. of Decree 1076/2015, and amended provisions of the Decree 1630/2021, “Under the Decree 1076/2015, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is established as the sole regulatory sector, which is in charge of the comprehensive management of chemical substances for industrial use, including risk management and other measurements”, the Information Application for the National Inventory of Chemical Substances for Industrial Use and its processing instructions are available to the interested parties.
On May 24, 2022, ECHA conducted a public consultation on 5 chemical substance expected to be or have been proposed to include in the list of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Comments can be made before July 19, 2022. Once these substances are officially listed in the Stockholm Convention, the European Commission will make amendments to the POPs Regulation according to the Stockholm Convention. The implementation of the POPs Regulation is expected to exert an influence on the manufacture, use and export of products containing these substances. Therefore, enterprises shall take appropriate measures as early as possible.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor of South Korea released the proposed amendment to the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) for public consultation on April 25, 2022, planning to add eight reproductive toxic substances to the list of “hazardous substances subject to management”.