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China Consults on Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals Subject to Special Regulation

  •   22 Oct 2019
  •    Nora Wang
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    • China is proposing enforcement of special regulatory measures against a list of 20 hazardous chemicals.

    On October 16, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM), along with several other authorities, issued the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals Subject to Special Regulation (1st edition) [1] to solicit public comments. The public consultation is set to end on November 18 this year.

    In line with the Comprehensive Action Plan for Security of Hazardous Chemicals [2], the Catalogue is devised as a response to security problems associated with a series of accidents, including the 2015 Tianjin explosions [3]. Following the release of the First and Second Batch of List of Hazardous Chemicals under Priority Management [4] in 2011 and 2013, respectively, it represents one of China’s attempts to further focus its regulatory efforts on hazardous chemicals.

    Hazardous chemicals subject to special regulation in the Catalogue refer to those which have high inherent hazards, great security risks, severe post-accident consequences and large circulation volumes. With a total of 20 entries, the Catalogue involves four categories of hazardous chemicals, including explosive chemicals (4), toxic chemicals (6), flammable gases (5) and flammable liquids (5). Besides information like “Product name”, “Alias”, “CAS registry number” and “UN number” provided for each entry, it also specifies major hazards of each substance. For example, chlorine is described as “a toxic gas which can result in death in the case of inhalation”.

    The Catalogue also provides special regulatory measures to be imposed against such hazardous chemicals, which majorly include six aspects:

    • To establish an information platform so as to achieve life-cycle traceability and control of information
    • To practice unified packaging management rules
    • To employ rigorous qualification requirements for safe production
    • To strengthen the regulation of transport
    • To implement fixed-location management at warehousing sites of hazardous chemicals
    • Requirements stipulated by other authorities or under other regulatory frameworks

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