On May 27th, 2019, China’s Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center (SCC) under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) announced that it will begin to collect information on 23 chemical substances from all relevant industries. The data will include physicochemical properties, toxicology and ecotoxicology data, quantities, uses, mode of production, local environmental exposure data, etc. The information gathered will facilitate environmental risk assessment of 23 chemical substances.
Information on the hazards and uses of existing chemicals in China has been difficult to collect because there are no requirements for chemical enterprises to generate and disclose such information to the authority.
In January 2019, China MEE issued a draft regulation on Chemical Substance Environmental Risk Assessment and Control, which proposed that environmental risk assessment of designated priority substances should be undertaken. As planned, industry will be required to report necessary data and the MEE will collect and analyze the data to assess substance risk. This new initiative will shape development of future mandatory regulations.