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China to Ban the Manufacture & Circulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants

  •   15 Mar 2019
  •    lynn liang
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    On Mar 4, MEE published a ban notice [1] for the manufacture, circulation, use and import & export of several persistent organic pollutants conforming to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It stated that from Mar 26, 2019.
     

    • Lindane and endosulfan are banned from manufacture, circulation, use and import/export
    • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and its salts, and Perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) are banned from manufacture, circulation, use and import/export other than permitted purposes

    Note: PFOS and its salts, and PFOSF are eligible to be manufactured and used in below purposes:

    • Photo imaging
    • Photoresist and anti-reflective coating for semiconductor devices
    • Etchant for chemical semiconductor and ceramic filter
    • Aviation hydraulic oil
    • Metal plating for closed-loop systems only (hard metal plating)
    • Certain medical devices (manufacture of ethylene tetra-fluoroethylene(ETFE) copolymer layer and radio shielded ETFE, in vitro diagnostic medical equipment and CCD color filter)
    • Fire extinguishing foam

    The chemicals listed above are likely to be added to the List of Chemical Substances Strictly Restricted or List of Prohibited Chemical Substances respectively elaborated in the draft Chemical Environmental Risk Assessment and Control Regulation (hereinafter ‘regulation’) [2]. In addition to these chemicals, other chemicals subject to international conventions, including the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Minamata Convention on Mercury, also apply to the provisions in those international provisions in China except for China’s withdrawal statement.

    China’s chemical management, as stipulated in the draft regulation, will be based on the risk assessment system, in which chemicals are assessed and divided into several chemical lists, including:
     

    • Inventory of Chemical Substances in China;
    • List of Chemical Substances subject to Priority Assessment;
    • List of Chemical Substances subject to Priority Control;
    • List of Chemical Substances Strictly Restricted; and
    • List of Prohibited Chemical Substances. 

    Chemicals falling under each list shall fulfill regulatory compliance obligations [3].

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