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On November 7, 2022, the Ministry of Emergency Management, in conjunction with other 9 ministries, released the amendments to the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals 2015. According to the amendments, all diesel fuels, irrespective of their flashpoints, shall be considered as hazardous chemicals and subject to the management of administrative license for hazardous chemicals in China. Previously, only diesel with closed-cup flashpoint <= 60℃ was considered as hazardous chemicals.
On September 27, 2022, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released the List of New Pollutants under Priority Control 2022 (Draft) for public consultation and comments can be made before October 28, 2022. Most of the substances in the List have already been regulated and restricted in many countries. Details can be checked via CIRS’s APCISS system.
The Measures for the Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order No.12) has entered into force since January 1, 2021. In accordance with its supporting document, the Guidelines for Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances (hereinafter referred to as the “Guidelines”), polymers containing no more than 2% monomers or reactants of new chemical substances or belong to polymers of low concern can apply for records without quantity limitation if they are excluded in exemption circumstances.
On September 27, 2002, China Ministry of Ecological Environment released the List of New Pollutants subject to Priority Control (2022 edition) for public comments. The list covers a total of 14 new pollutants, including, 10 persistent organic pollutants (PFOS and PFOA), 2 toxic and harmful pollutants, 1 environmental endocrine disruptor, and 1 antibiotic. Detailed information such as the suggested environmental risk management measures as well as the exempted applications is also given in the List.
On September 22, 2022, the Science and Technology Division under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a notice on collecting public comments on revising 7 mandatory national standards including the General Rules for Preparation of Precautionary Label for Chemicals (GB 15258-2009). Opinions may be delivered to KJBZ@miit.gov.cn
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.
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.
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.