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  • China Consults on Safety Guidelines for Chemical Laboratories

      18 Oct 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: The Guidelines stipulate the safety management specification for chemical laboratories, focusing on prevention and control through hazard identification and risk assessment. These Guidelines are applicable to...
  • China Vows to Cut Air Pollution during Fall and Winter in 28 Northern Cities

      18 Oct 2019   Nora Wang

    Takehome: China issued the 2019-2020 Comprehensive Action Plan for Air Pollution Control during Fall and Winter in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and Nearby Areas, committing to facilitate...
  • Taiwan to Promote Non-animal Testing for Taiwan REACH

      17 Oct 2019   Nadine He

    Takehome: Taiwan will incentivize the use of non-animal tests for new and existing chemical registration. Discounts on registration fee will be offered to promote use of non-animal testing. No changes to current...
  • Brief on Recent Developments in Thailand’s Hazardous Substance Act

      14 Oct 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: The 4th version of the Thailand Hazardous Substance Act will enter into effect on 27th October 2019. In the revised Act, the definition of “transit” is separated from “import”. Redundant/superfluous...
  • CICO, K-REACH’s SIEF System Finally Opens

      10 Oct 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: The highly anticipated K-REACH CICO (analogous to EU REACH’s substance information exchange forum -SIEF) finally opened on 7th October. Companies that want to complete joint-registration need to join CICO first....
  • Taiwan to Issue Guidance for Standard Registration of Priority Existing Chemicals

      9 Oct 2019   Nadine He

    Takehome: 2020 is just around the corner and marks the beginning of the window for standard registration of PECs in Taiwan. The Guidance for Standard Registration of Priority Existing Chemicals was initially drafted in March...
  • Thailand Issues the List of Hazardous Substances (No.5)

      9 Oct 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: Thailand has approved the List of Hazardous Substances No.5, the amendment involves Annex 4.1, 4.2 and 5.1. The information of five substances is modified and thirteen substances are added into the...
  • China MEE Solicits Information Concerning Six Persistent Organic Pollutants

      30 Sep 2019   Nora Wang

    Takehome: China MEE issued a notice to solicit information concerning six POPs which will be subject to prohibitive or restrictive measures adopted by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
  • Taiwan Issues the Standard for Coatings VOCs Management

      29 Sep 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: The limits of VOCs in coatings used for buildings and industrial maintenance are stipulated in the standard. The standard also offers criteria to categorize relevant coatings into 5 types. A 2-year grace period will be given...
  • Taiwan Consults on Amendments to Toxic Chemical Transportation Management Regulation

      29 Sep 2019   Nadine He

    Takehome: Taiwan’s transportation management regulation for regulated toxic substances and chemicals of concern is under revision Taiwan EPA would align the regulation with the new TCCSCA, previously known as Taiwan...

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