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The State Administration of Market Regulation and the State Standardization Administration announced that two national recommended standards, namely the “Degradability and Identification Requirements of Biodegradable Plastics and Products” (GB/T 41010-2021) and the “Biodegradable Drinking Straws” (GB/T 41008-2021), shall be implemented from June 1, 2022.
In January 2022, the RCEP Agreement entered into force, covering 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. After RCEP comes into effect, more than 90% of the trade of goods in the region will eventually achieve zero tariffs, which involves the chemical industry with more than 1,000 tariff numbers of RCEP origin rules, benefiting the import and export trade of chemicals. Within the RCEP coverage, most countries, including China, have adopted GHS classification and labelling systems, which requires the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and labels of chemicals to comply with the GHS-related regulations and standards of each country and region.
On May 11, 2022, Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration issued a Statement to further clarify the declaration requirements for the Components of hazardous mixtures transshipped through Waigaoqiao Area. Compared with the Statement released on February 8, 2022, the new Statement stipulates that it is not mandatory for enterprises to provide 100% component information when making declarations. Meanwhile, if the goods subject to transport do not contain prohibited components, related enterprises only need to provide a written document to guarantee that their goods are not banned to transport via inland waterways instead of revising the MSDS.
In health toxicology study, in vitro methods usually utilizes isolated organs, in vitro cultured bacteria, cells or organelles, and biological simulations in the laboratories to refine, reduce and replace traditional animal tests. In vitro methods are developed to protect animal welfare, which is a major focus in testing currently. At present, in vitro methods for skin corrosion/irritation, eye irritation, and skin sensitization have been greatly developed, and have been applied in EU REACH registration. China is also advancing the application of in vitro methods step by step. For example, under the previous Measures for Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order No.7), positive results generated by in vitro skin corrosion/ irritation and eye irritation methods are accepted.
15 Apr. 2022, China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released several industry standards for public notification. The industry standards for the chemical industry has made stipulations on product classification, technical requirements, test methods, inspection rules, markings, packaging, transportation, and the storage of light stabilizers, rubbers, resins, raw materials, and other products.
China is now actively promoting the implementation of “one enterprise, one chemical product with one code” rule for hazardous chemicals, under which a unique QR code will be automatically generated through the new online system for hazardous chemicals registrations. The QR code must be included in the label. However, since the launching of the Comprehensive Service System for Registration of Hazardous Chemicals on February 16 2022, enterprises have encountered numerous problems. In order to help enterprises better adapt to the new system, CIRS has collected the frequently asked questions regarding the new system and the “one enterprise, one chemical product with one code” rule.
During the import & export declaration, different commodities may have to provide different certificates, including Import & Export License for Dual-use Items and Technologies. Then, what do you know about the License? CIRS will give an introduction to the Import & Export License for Dual-use Item and Technologies as follows:
On 15 March 2022, China State Administration of Work Safety has released the mandatory national standard GB 30871-2022 Safety Code of Special Work in Chemical Manufactory. The new standard (GB 30871-2022) will replace the existing GB 30871-2014 and takes effect from 1 Oct. 2022.
On 5 March 2022, China MEE has released the amendments to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds for public consultation. Later in June 2022, the 10th meeting on Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) will be convened to discuss the amendments.
Under the requirements of revised Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances (MEE Order No. 12), certificate holders of regular notification under MEP Order No. 7 and the registered substances are regarded as hazardous new substances subject to priority environmental administration, as well as part of certificate holders of regular registration under MEE Order No. 12 shall submit the 2021 annual activity report before 30 Apr. 2022.