• Updates on China's IECSC Supplementation

      September 20, 2019    Deborah Xiong    152

    Takehome: As of Sept 12, 2019, the MEE has received applications from 55 enterprises or industrial associations to append the IECSC with 230 chemical substances. Manufacturers, importers, users of chemicals, industrial associations, etc....
  • JT/T 617 Revisited After 10 Months: A Cornerstone of China’s Regulatory Framework for Road Transport of Dangerous Goods

      September 20, 2019    Nora Wang    191

    Takehome: Following the release of JT/T 617 regulations in November last year, several official documents and standards have been devised or revised with the series as a reference. The Provisions on the Administration of the Road Transport of Dangerous Goods is...
  • South Korea to Revise Hazchem Concentration Limits for Children’s Products

      September 20, 2019    Nadine He    133

    Takehome: South Korea’s Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products is under revision. The concentration limits of nitrosamines and nitrosatable substances will be set for oral use children's product. The concentration of...
  • K-REACH Amendments Approved to Accelerate New Chemical Registration

      September 16, 2019    Nadine He    551

    Takehome: South Korea’s MoE approved the amendments on K-REACH Enforcement Rules to simplify and accelerate new chemical registration and approvals of exemptions for R&D purposes. However, only new chemical substances affected by the Japan’s trade dispute are...
  • South Korea’s GHS Classification List Updated

      September 16, 2019    Nadine He    677

    Takehome: 15 new substances have been designated as toxic chemicals and provided with classification and labeling information. They are still considered new chemicals and require new chemical registration under K-REACH.
  • China MEE Consults on Management of Stationary Pollution Sources

      September 12, 2019    Nora Wang    341

    Takehome: The China MEE issued a notice to consult on its management measures for pollutant emissions of stationary pollution sources, aiming to subject all such sources to the pollutant emissions permit system. The draft measures provide rules on the timetable...
  • China`s VOC Management and Impact on the Chemical Industry

      9 Sep 2019   Kai Pflug

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a low boiling point (below 250ºC) at atmospheric pressure. While most of them are not acutely toxic, they are known to have negative long-term effects on human health. According to a study published in 2017, in China the use of VOC-containing products is the main source of VOC emissions, contributing about 75% of total...
  • China’s Working Plans for the Environmental Management of Chemical Substances

      23 Aug 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: China plans to optimize environmental management of chemicals through the implementation of a single overarching chemical regulation which would specify the broad compliance requirements for chemicals throughout their lifecycle and throughout the supply chain. To support this China will also implement two new systems of risk assessment and control, establish and...
  • Introduction of Global Occupational Exposure Limits

      20 Aug 2019   Robert Brandys

    1. Historical Perspective on Global Occupational Exposure Limits Adverse health effects from occupational exposure to chemicals has been known for thousands of years. The Romans noted effects from lead and asbestos and later arsenic. A list of “poisons” that have been used for various purposes was well known.  Establishing occupational exposure limits for some...
  • South Korea to Ease Chemical Regulations to Offset Impact of Japanese Export Curbs

      14 Aug 2019   Nadine He

    The trade friction between South Korea and Japan has attracted considerable attention and led many (click here[1] and...
  • Challenges and Strategies for Chemical Parks in China

      9 Aug 2019   Kai Pflug

    China`s approximately 600 chemical parks are currently in a situation that at first glance seems quite enviable. As the government has mandated the relocation of chemical production into chemical parks and imposed tight deadlines, attractive chemical parks get a...
  • Potential Impacts of the U.S. - China Trade War on the Chemical Industry Supply Chain

      9 Aug 2019   Kai Pflug

    With President Trump currently pursuing a highly aggressive trade policy towards China, the impact on chemical supply chains in China, the U.S., and the rest of world could be substantial. U.S. and Chinese chemical companies are already being impacted, and their options to...