The State Council of China published the revised version of Regulations on Safe Management of Hazardous Chemicals in China (Decree 591) on 11 March 2011. The regulation, which has clauses for the production, storage, import, use, sales and transporting of hazardous chemicals, was implemented on 1 December 2011 and replaced the old version issued in 2002.
There are 102 articles, dozens of supporting measures and numerous national standards for this law. More than 8 China Government Bodies are involved in the implementation of this law. It is the main law regulating existing chemicals in China. It is also the main law for implementing GHS in China.