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China MEE Publishes New Chemical Notification Statistics

  •   30 Oct 2018
  •    Nadine He
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    On 22 Oct 2018, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued 8 batches of regular notifications (click here to access batch 2-batch 9) and 15 batches of simplified notifications (click here to access batch 4-batch 18) that have been approved in 2018.

    In total 94 regular notifications have been approved this time, of which most new substances were classified as “hazardous of priority environmental concern” (45%, see chart below). So far, more than a quarter of the notified new substances are classified as “hazardous new chemical substances of priority environmental concern”. Whether or not the current classification criteria using GHS classification for environmental management category is reasonable has been discussed with regards to the revision of MEP Order 7 (Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances). There is speculation about new classification criteria in the future. MEE also issued the modification details of registration certificates previously approved. Based on the regular notification data collected, the details are specified as in Table 1.

    Table 1. Regular Notification Statistics (batch 2-batch 9 approved)

     

    Number of regular notifications approved

    Number of modified certificates approved

    Batch 2

    1

    0

    Batch 3

    19

    6

    Batch 4

    9

    3

    Batch 5

    16

    5

    Batch 6

    12

    0

    Batch 7

    11

    3

    Batch 8

    14

    2

    Batch 9

    12

    8

    In total

    94

    27

    For the simplified notifications (see Table 2), most were notified through special case of simplified notification (6 special cases). The others were notified through general case of simplified notification, namely the new substance is manufactured/imported in quantities below 1 tonne per annum.

    Table 2. Simplified Notification Statistics (batch 4-batch 18 approved)

    SN Type

    Batch 4

    Batch 5

    Batch 6

    Batch 7

    Batch 8

    Batch 9

    Batch 10

    Batch 11

    Batch 12

    Batch 13

    Batch 14

    Batch 15

    Batch 16

    Batch 17

    Batch 18

    General Case

    26

    24

    2

    24

    3

    29

    23

    36

    33

    40

    1

    18

    1

    24

    1

    Special Case

    Intermediate<1 t/y

    o

    0

    1

    4

    3

    1

    0

    6

    1

    2

    1

    0

    9

    5

    3

    Manufacture for export only, in quantities <1t/y

    2

    1

    9

    6

    12

    2

    1

    4

    1

    0

    5

    0

    1

    2

    2

    Polymers of Low Concern

    18

    6

    18

    8

    14

    12

    16

    19

    9

    15

    15

    15

    41

    15

    17

    Polymers with low new chemical substances concentration of monomer which is <2%

    80

    34

    60

    47

    88

    64

    44

    61

    55

    75

    50

    48

    156

    71

    74

    Scientific research in quantities of 0.1-1 t/y

    1

    1

    3

    1

    1

    3

    1

    1

    11

    2

    1

    0

    2

    3

    1

    PPORD<10 t/y

    17

    5

    13

    3

    8

    6

    9

    14

    6

    9

    11

    0

    7

    13

    2

    In Total

    144

    71

    106

    93

    129

    117

    94

    141

    116

    143

    84

    81

    217

    133

    100

    Reference: http://www.mee.gov.cn/hjzli/hxphjgl/xhxwz/

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