Recently, a document named “Chinese Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals (2017 version)” was circulated on internet. Many enterprises have come to ChemLinked and made inquiries about the update of the Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals. Even some foreign governmental institutions (both official and affiliated) have republished the “2017 version” on their websites. However, ChemLinked wants to clarify and inform our readers that there’s no such thing as a “2017 version” and the latest version of the inventory of hazardous chemicals is still the 2015 version.
However, it’s true that Chinese authorities are considering revision of "Guidance for the Implementation of Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals (2015)" because industry have encountered numerous problems. One of the biggest issues for industry is the “70% principle”. The Inventory was jointly published by 10 governmental branches including MEP, SAWS, MOT, etc., however the implementation guidance and the “70% principle” was developed solely by SAWS. This has precipitated a situation in which there is lack of ministerial consensus on the management and administrative compliance requirements of hazardous chemicals. In simple terms some authorities do not accept the “70% principle” . In the meantime, many enterprises have also challenged and questioned the rationality of the “70% principle”. So the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM), the successor of SAWS, held a closed-door workshop and discussed some revision ideas with industry representatives.