• China, Japan and South Korea Set to Continue Joint Environmental Actions

      December 6, 2019    Nora Wang    245

    Takehome: The 21st Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting was held in Japan, during which environment ministers of China, Japan and South Korea adopted the new priority cooperation areas for the next five years. On November 23 and 24, the ...
  • South Korea Designates Eight New Toxic Chemicals

      December 4, 2019    Nadine He    600

    Takehome: Eight new substances were listed as toxic chemical substances after hazard evaluation under K-REACH. They are still considered new chemical substances in South Korea and require new chemical registration other than the original registrants. CAS number...
  • China to Ban Microbeads in Daily Chemical Products

      November 29, 2019    Winnie Xu    838

    Takehome: China's pending ban on the manufacture and sale of daily chemical products containing microbeads is still subject to further refinement. Many companies that expected the ban have already replaced microbeads with natural abrasives in their products. Companies...
  • South Korea Completes Domestic Approval Process for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

      November 26, 2019    Horace Wang    601

    Takehome: The South Korea approval document on the Minamata Convention was completed and submitted to the United Nations on 22nd November. The requirements in the approval document are scheduled to enter into effect 90 days after deposition.
  • China Officially Unveils Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods

      November 26, 2019    Nora Wang    1441

    Takehome: The China MOT, together with several other agencies, jointly issued the official version of the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods. As the first document providing systematic rules on the whole process of road transport...
  • South Korea Consults on Two Standards Concerning Household Chemical Products

      November 22, 2019    Nadine He    462

    Takehome: South Korea proposed revisions to the testing and safety management of household chemical products. So far, K-BPR regulates 13 categories covering 35 kinds of household chemical products. In addition to strengthening safety standards and market...
  • Understanding the Brand New Thailand Chemical Substance Act

      18 Nov 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: Thailand proposes to replace the Hazardous Substance Act with the new Chemical Substance Act, which places greater emphasis on risk assessment in chemical management. The government has released two drafts of the new Act so far, one in April and another in October. This article introduces the new Chemical Substance Act and includes an analysis...
  • China’s Supervision of VOCs Emissions Critical to Combating Grave Environmental Issues

      10 Oct 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: Enterprises shall pay close attention to trends and changes in regulation of VOCs emission which are a priority target in China’s environmental rectification campaign. VOC management is shifting focus towards source control and management of fugitive emissions. More than 400 policy documents and 80 emission standards related to control...
  • 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...