Vietnam

The Law on Chemicals (2007) is Vietnam's first comprehensive act to manage chemical activities and to ensure the safe use of chemicals in the country. There are numerous subordinate regulations including:

  • Decree No. 108/2008/ND-CP: Implementation of the Law on Chemicals
  • Circular No. 28/2010/TT-BCT: Clarification of the Law on Chemicals and the Decree No. 108/2008/ND-CP
  • Decree No. 26/2011/ND-CP: Amendment of Decree No. 108/2008/ND-CP
  • Circular No. 40/2011/TT-BCT: Regulations on chemicals declaration
  • Circular No. 07/2013/TT-BCT: Registration of using certain hazardous chemicals in industry
  • Decree No. 90/2009/ND-CP: punishment (noncompliance with the requirements for chemical activities)
  • Circular No. 04/2012/TT-BCT: GHS guidelines for classification and labeling of chemicals
  • Circular No. 20/2013/TT-BCT: amendment of some articles of the Circular No. 28/2010/TT-BCT

The Law identifies the following categories of substances subject to special risk control measures:

Regulatory Category

Industry Obligation

New chemicals

(Substances not included in the national list and international lists)

Registration of New Chemicals

Annual Report on chemical safety within 5 years

* The national list of existing chemicals haven’t been established

Hazardous chemicals

(Substances classified under GHS)

Preparation and provision of SDS

Toxic substances

(Refer to the specific list)

Trading control card

Chemicals Subject to Conditional Production or Trading

(Refer to the specific list)

Dossier submission for approval

Chemicals Restricted from Production or Trading

(Refer to the specific list)

Licensing

Banned Chemicals

(Refer to the specific list)

Application for permission to produce, import or use banned chemicals

Report on the business activity related to banned chemicals to VinaChemia before every Jan 31

Chemicals Subject to Incident Prevention and Response Plan
(Refer to the specific list)

Compilation of chemical incident prevention and response plan

Submission of the plan for approval

Chemicals Subject to Declaration

(Refer to the specific list)

Annual declaration of chemical production before every Jan 30, and declaration of chemical imports prior to customs clearance

Chemicals Subject to Incident Prevention and Response Measure

Implementation of incident prevention and response measures

Dossier submission for certification

 

Vietnam GHS

In Vietnam, GHS is implemented in accordance with Circular No. 04/2012/TT-BCT, which provides guidelines for classification and labeling of chemicals based on the UN GHS Rev.3. The implementation timeline is set as follows:

  • Substance: GHS classification and labeling from March 20, 2014
  • Mixture: GHS classification and labeling from March 20, 2016.
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