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On May 20, 2024, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the 7th Revised Edition of the UN's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The amendment includes elements from the 8th Revised Edition of the GHS and retains certain U.S.-specific requirements. The regulation takes effect on July 19, 2024, with compliance required by January 19, 2026, and for mixtures by July 19, 2027.
On April 15, 2024, Germany, as one of the five initiating countries of the European Union's proposal to restrict perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (the other four countries include the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway), updated its assessment report based on the numerous comments collected during the six-month public consultation phase from March 22, 2023, to September 25, 2023. The assessment work was conducted by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
In February 2024, the Shanghai Emergency Management Bureau and the Shanghai Transportation Commission officially released the "Notice on Advancing the Management on the Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals and the Loading and Unloading of Dangerous Goods through the Implementation of 'One Enterprise, One Product with One QR Code'" to require that Shanghai's hazardous chemicals enterprises complete the construction or transformation of the warehouse management system (Dynamic) for hazardous chemicals by December 31, 2024. With the implementation of Beijing's "Technical specifications for full-process traceability management of hazardous chemicals" (DB11/T 2196-2023) on April 1, 2024, many enterprises in multiple districts of Beijing have been required to start applying for and affixing traceability codes for hazardous chemicals.
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Recently, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan released reporting guidelines regarding the manufacturing/import quantity for general chemicals, priority assessment chemicals, and monitoring chemicals. It aims to enhance the management of chemicals that pose potential environmental risks. The guidelines require companies that manufacture or import general chemicals, priority assessment chemicals of 1 ton or more, or monitoring chemicals of 1 kilogram or more during the fiscal year 2023 (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024), to submit a detailed report to the METI.
South Korea issued Notice No. 2024-213, announcing a proposal to revise the Designation of Consumer Chemical Products Subject to Safety Verification, and Safety and Labeling Standards Thereof and is requesting public comments.
Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) released a draft amendment of Regulations for Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals.
The Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine has issued the Ukraine REACH Resolution - "On the Approval of Technical Regulations on the Safety of Chemicals" and is open for comments as of March 22, 2024. The Ukraine REACH draft, identical to the one submitted to the World Trade Organization in 2023, establishes the Ukrainian chemical legislative framework and aims to align Ukraine's chemical safety regulations with EU standards. Foreign companies that are importers, manufacturers or represented by a local sole representative, companies that sell chemicals (substances/mixtures) on the Ukrainian market, as well as downstream users of these chemicals will be affected by Ukraine REACH.
The Law on Chemicals (No 06/2007/QH12) was passed by the second session of the 12th National Assembly on November 21, 2007, and has come into effect since July 1, 2008. It has become the cornerstone of Vietnam's chemical management, reflecting the specific economic situation of the chemical industry and the development of global chemical management. After 15 years of stable implementation, the law has shown its comprehensiveness and advancement. However, with the enactment of the Planning Law, the Investment Law, and the Environmental Protection Law, etc. as well as changes in the management system, the guiding documents of the Law on Chemicals have been affected, weakening the coordination and unity of the regulatory system. Therefore, the government and the National Assembly have decided to revise the Law on Chemicals to promote regulatory consistency and management efficiency.
EPA announced that it has finished the risk management rule under the updated existing chemical review process in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), banning the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and use of chrysotile asbestos.