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Updates and Prospect of Influential Chemical Regulations around the World for 2020-2021

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In 2020-2021, many countries/regions are continuously updating their chemical regulations and many chemical regulations are expected to be issued in the future, including EU REACH evaluation, Brexit, nanomaterials regulations, etc. which may greatly influence a great number of enterprises which are introducing chemical products into these countries/regions.

In addition to these regulations, enterprises also need to give prominence to some special regulations which will be implemented in the next 1-2 years. CIRS is summarizing the main updates and prospect of influential chemical regulations in 2020-2021 as following:


Key Points


  • ECHA’s focus changes into increasing and accelerating the compliance check of the registered dossiers.
  • Guidance documents for registering nanomaterials have been updated and additional information requirements have applied since 1 January 2020.

CLP regulation

  • New Poison Centre Notification (PCN) requirements for the hazardous mixtures placed on the EU market have been applied since 1 January 2021, Unique Formulator Identifier (UFI) shall also be assigned for classification and package;


  • Amended K-REACH regulation is applied to >=1t/y existing chemical substances, new chemical substances and exemption applications.
  • Pre-registration for non-PEC existing substances ended on 30 June 2019. Late pre-registration mechanism is applied to qualified existing substances.
  • Full registration is in progress for >=1t/y existing chemical substances to meet registration deadlines on the tonnage band basis.


  • The UK withdrew from the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period applies until 31 December 2020, unless it is decided to extend it.
  • EU law continues to apply to and in the UK during the transition period.
  • A new chemical regulatory framework UK REACH is supposed to be established from 1 January, 2021 if the UK and EU do not reach a deal.


  • Applicable substances >=1t/y can be pre-registered before 31 December 2020 to obtain a grace period.
  • Substances with volume above 1t/y shall be registered before a given deadline 31 December 2023.
  • All entries of KKDIK on Annex XIV Authorization List and Annex XVII Restricted Substance List will be the similar with EU REACH list.

Russian Inventory Nomination

  • The inventory compilation is the preparatory measure for the future implementation of Eurasia REACH (TREAEU041/2017).
  • All chemicals circulated in EAEU, present in the concentrations of more than 0.1 % in chemical product are subject to the inventory notification with the deadline till 1 Aug 2020.


  • The current China REACH regulation (MEP Order No.7), promulgated on 19 January, 2010, will be replaced with MEE Order No.12 since 1 January 2021.
  • The application type settings and data submission requirements are more optimized.
  • The new regulation would focus more on the management and control of high-risk new chemical substances with PBT properties.

Measures for the Administration of Road Transportation Safety of Dangerous Goods

  • The “Measures” (Order No.29 [2019] of the Ministry of Transport) have come into force since 1 January 2020.
  • Standardize some definitions and expressions in the Measure; penalty provisions and responsibility provisions are indicated in more details.
  • Dangerous goods that meet the transport conditions of exceptional quantity or limited quantity are expected to be exempted from some transportation requirements.
  • Relevant guidance documents on limited quantities and excepted quantities will be released in the future.
  • Assigned hazardous chemicals shall be transported by corresponding special vehicles.

Taiwan TCSCA

  • The "Amended Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration" was releases on 11 March, 2019 and the guidance document was released in 9 June 2020.
  • The standard registration for first batch of existing substances starts from 1 January, 2020 with 2- or 3-year registration deadlines.
  • Phase I registration (pre-registration) is applied to chemical substances < 100kg/y (not available before the amendments);

Australia AICIS

  • The previous NICNAS is expected to be replaced with "Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme" (AICIS) from 1 July 2020.
  • The requirements of introduction are based on the risk level of introductions.
  • Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC) is established.

Chemicals (Management & Safety) Rules in India

  • The draft regulation is similar to the K-REACH Regulation but it is expected to be revised in the future.
  • The "Draft" introduces notification similar to pre-registration under EU REACH; Notification will be applied to all existing substances and new substances placed in Indian territory within the initial notification period.
  • The definition of “Priority substance” is introduced under the "Draft" Full registration is required for >=1t/y priority substances before a given registration deadlines on the tonnage band basis.
  • An annual report for notified/full-registered substances shall be submitted every year.

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