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On February 1, 2024, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Ministry of Environment (MoE) jointly issued a draft on the revision of the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) for public comments closing on March 1, 2024. This draft aims to strengthen the management of PFOA-related compounds, involving their manufacturing, import, and usage.
On January 25, 2024, China‘s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Commerce, and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued a notice on simplifying the import and export control over mixtures containing low concentrations of triethanolamine, which will take effect on February 1, 2024. According to the notice, products with low concentrations of triethanolamine, including non-medical disinfectants, synthetic detergents, cosmetics, and inks, are no longer subject to the import & export control for triethanolamine (HS code: 2922150000), and triethanolamine mixtures (HS code: 3824999950) listed in the Catalogue of license for dual-use items and technologies.
On December 29, 2023, China’s Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment jointly published the list of goods prohibited from export (eighth batch) and the list of goods prohibited from import (ninth batch), in which PFOS products were included. The lists shall be effective from January 1, 2024.
CIRS group is bringing one-stop solutions services throughout the supply chain for chemical enterprises which are introducing chemical products into China, by integrating its resources and working with partners, CIRS could provide services such as supply chain compliance consulting, logistics services (such as maritime, air, rail, and road transport), warehousing, distribution, customs declaration, etc.
On 27 November 2023, the Specification for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Part 31: Precautionary Label for Workplace of Chemicals (GB/T 30000.31-2023) was published on the National Public Service platform. The standard, which aligns with the 9th revised edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UN GHS), is a recommended national standard (prefixed with GB/T) and will be implemented from June 1, 2024.
On December 18, 2023, China's Ministry of Ecological Environment (MEE) announced the addition of a batch of 25 registered substances that fulfill the requirements of existing substances into the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances in China (IECSC). CIRS warmly reminds you that related enterprises must make sure whether their substances are existing substances. The Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order 12) require enterprises to complete new substance registration/record before manufacturing or importing, or they may face various punishments.
On December 18, 2023, China's Ministry of Ecological Environment (MEE) announced the addition of a batch of 4 registered substances that fulfill the requirements of existing substances into the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances in China (IECSC). Earlier on October 10, 2023, these four substances are released for public consultations.
Recently, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment, and Water Resources (DCCEEW) in Australia proposed to include several brominated flame retardant chemicals in the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standards (IChEMS) register. Substances that may cause serious or irreversible harm to the environment but have essential industrial uses are proposed to be included in Appendix 6 of IChEMS while substances causing serious or irreversible harm to the environment and without essential industrial uses are included in Appendix 7 of IChEMS.
On November 8, 2023, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of the Environment jointly published the public consultation results for its revision to the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL), which started on September 15. The consultation drew extensive attention and various suggestions were submitted.
On October 23, 2023, the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER, also Secretaría de Energía) issued a Decree in its Federal Official Gazette to combat the illegal import of fuel. The Decree imposes temporary restrictions on the import of 68 chemicals and petrochemical products. It has entered into effect on October 24, 2023.