Thailand

Hazardous chemicals

The management of hazardous chemicals in Thailand is implemented by the Hazardous Substance Control Act. The manufacture, import, export, sale, storage, transport, etc. of the hazardous substances must follow the requirements specified in the Act. The Act categorizes hazardous substances into 4 types with corresponding hazard levels and obligations, including notification, registration, application for license, etc. 6 annexes of hazardous chemicals are provided as the scope of the Act. Each of the 6 annex lists the substances that fall under the management of one of the 6 competent authorities.

Annex 5 is regulated by the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) under the Ministry of Industry (MOI) and is the list that the chemical industry is most interested in. The scope of annex 5 was expanded recently by the Annex 5.6. Instead of giving a list of substances, Annex 5.6 provides 10 hazard properties and stipulates that all chemicals that meet the hazard criteria and hasn’t been included in other substance lists should be added into this annex through notification. The notification is expected to end by the end of 2016.

Thailand adopts the UN GHS 3rd revision. For now, DIW and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have implemented GHS for the substances under their management. Other departments are still in the preparation stage and are expected to implement the requirements in the future.

New chemicals

Thailand DIW announced that a REACH-like regulation for new substances is on the agenda. As the key foundation of the regulation, a national inventory of existing substances is being established. For information collection, DIW encourages the industry to notify their chemicals through the Annex 5.6 notification system no matter whether the substances meet the hazard criteria or not. DIW will then combine the existing list of hazardous chemicals, the substances notified through Annex 5.6 and its own database and produce the national inventory of existing substances. The inventory is expected to be finalized after the end of 2016 when the Annex 5.6 notification is completed. After that, the substances that are not listed in the inventory will be regarded as new chemicals and have to comply with other regulatory requirements.

Occupational safety and health

The Factory Act categorizes the factories in Thailand in 3 types. Each type has to comply with different obligations such as notification and application for permits. Some specific requirements regarding occupational safety and health and environmental protection are stipulated by the Act, including location selection, equipment management, waste control, pollutant emission control, etc.

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    Thailand Amends List of Hazardous Substances

      January 16, 2017    Matt Lu

    Thailand Ministry of Industry (MOI) issued a notice (B.E. 2559), making some changes to the List of Hazardous Substances under the Hazardous Substances Control Act (HSCA).
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    Thailand Inventory Nomination: How To Create An Account

      December 7, 2016    Matt Lu

    The importer and manufacturer must have an account before they can notify their substances through the Annex 5.6 notification. ChemLinked summarized the process and required documents for account creation.
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    Thailand DIW Specifies CBI Protection Requirements

      December 5, 2016    Matt Lu

    DIW has received a lot of inquires about CBI protection. But many manufacturers provided incomplete data which slowed down the procedure. To make things clear for the enterprises and save time for both industry and the authority, DIW issued an...
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    Thailand Annex 5.6 Notification: Protecting Confidential Business Information

      November 24, 2016    Matt Lu

    Thailand’s DIW has clarified that manufacturers and suppliers outside of Thailand can nominate their chemicals without disclosing composition information to their importers in Thailand. ChemLinked would like to share the practical steps...
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    Web Address Changed for Thailand Existing Chemicals Inventory

      November 11, 2016    Matt Lu

    ChemLinked is happy to let all our clients know that the website of preliminary inventory of Thailand existing chemicals is working fine under a new web address now.
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    Thailand Strengthens Management on Soil and Groundwater Pollution

      November 1, 2016    Matt Lu

    On Apr 29th 2016, Thailand Department of Industrial Works (DIW) issued “Ministerial Order on Management of Soil and Groundwater”. The Order took effect from Oct 26th 2016, 180 days after its publication.