Updated on 3 January 2019, in total 152 regular notifications and 2,883 simplified notifications of new chemical substances have been approved in 2018. However, for scientific research record notifications the statistics haven’t been published.
The 152 regular notifications consist of:
- 69 hazardous substances of priority environmental concern
- 55 hazardous substances
- 28 general substances
So far (from 2011), more than 40% 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. There is speculation about new classification criteria in the future.
So far, 2,883 simplified notifications were approved in 2018, of which 446 were notified through general case of simplified notification and 2,437 were notified through special case of simplified notification (6 special cases). For the special cases, 2,083 notifications are for polymers, including PLC (polymer of low concern) and polymers containing monomers of new chemical substances with concentration <2 % w/w.