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On January 5, 2022, the Work Safety Committee of the State Council issued the National Plan for Centralized Management of Safety Risks of Hazardous Chemicals, aiming to promote the use of the new registration system for hazardous chemicals as well as the application of the “One Enterprise, One Product, One Code” Rules. Since Guangdong Province took the lead in conducting “One Enterprise, One Product, One Code” Rules, other provinces and cities in China successively followed up soon after. CIRS has summarized the latest information on the implementation of “One Enterprise, One Product, One Code” rules in different provinces and cities as of September for your reference.
On September 19 2022, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of Taiwan, China released the draft Guidance on Phrase 1 Registration of New and Existing Chemical Substances in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations on Registration of New and Existing Chemical Substances (the “Registration Regulations”), and the draft Guidance for Hazards and Exposures Assessment of Chemical Substances that specifies provisions on the Phrase 1 and 2 registration of new and existing chemical substances. They are now available for download on the registration platform and also for public consultation.
Hazardous chemicals are toxic, flammable, and explosive, and they are prone to safety accidents if stored improperly. Therefore, it is vital to store hazardous chemicals according to their properties in sites equipped with the necessary facilities and equipment.
Zhaoqing Customs, affiliated with Guangzhou Customs, has seized a batch of dangerous goods including adhesives and glues, weighing 30.5 kg in total.
On September 8, 2022, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of Taiwan released a public consultation on adding 15 chemical substances to the concerned chemical substances list in the following three categories: New Psychoactive Substances (NPS); Substances with Concerns about Food Safety Risks; and Explosive Precursors. Moreover, it specifies the management and regulation of activities such as production, import, sale, use, storage, and transportation. The period for public comments will last 14 days.
According to the Regulation on the Administration of Precursor Chemicals (Order 445 of the State Council) and the Measures for the Licensing for Production and Operation of Non-pharmaceutical Precursor Chemicals (Order 5 of the State Administration of Work Safety), the Shanghai Emergency Management Bureau hereby makes the following notifications for the consideration of completing the annual report on the manufacture and operation of non-pharmaceutical precursor chemicals (hereinafter referred to as the “annual report”).
The Department of Emergency Management of Shandong Province is to implement the “One Enterprise, One Product, One Code” management rules. After its implementation, every hazardous chemical manufactured and imported by enterprises in Shandong Province must include a safety information code (a unique QR code), to provide support the supervision of hazardous chemicals and the efficient transmission of information on hazardous chemicals.
The formulation of management regulation on hazardous chemicals in China is very complex since different departments and various regulations are involved. These existing regulations not only have an influence on the chemical industry but also affect other downstream industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail and energy. Before importing chemicals to China, enterprises shall understand the requirements of registration, operation permits or import permits, and whether the chemicals have been restricted or prohibited in China. To ensure the trade compliance of chemical substances, enterprises shall perform their obligations of registrations or applications to import permits of the chemicals.
As one of the largest ports for the import and export of hazardous chemicals, Shanghai Customs attaches great importance to the safety of hazardous chemicals. Since the beginning of 2022, Shanghai Customs has supervised the import of over 43,000 batches of dangerous goods, including 107 cases that involved tax evasion and false declarations. The volume of illegal hazardous chemicals reached 3,025 tons.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received an application for authorization of two substances from Roche Diagnostics Switzerland. From 9 August 2022, HSE has asked for public comments on the scientific and technological information on alternatives or processes of these two substances. The deadline for comments is 4 October 4, 2022.