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MEP Order 7: Draft Revision of China’s New Chemical Management System Unveiled

  •   11 Jul 2019
  •    Nadine He
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    Takehome:

    • The draft amendments of MEP Order 7 were issued for public consultation.
    • Exemptions are offered to small volume new substances imported or manufactured in volumes under 100kg a year for R&D purposes.
    • The draft included amendments of registration types, approval criteria, post-registration management and supervision, etc.

    China’s MEE published on Jul 9th the draft revision of the Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances (MEP Order 7), with public comments accepted until Aug 16th, 2019.  

    The current new chemical management system has been in effect since Oct 15th, 2010. The research and discussion on the revision of the MEP Order 7 has been underway for several years. The newly drafted Regulation on environmental risk assessment and control of chemical substances has outlined potential pending changes of China’s new substances management regime in Jan this year. The MEP Order 7 will be a subordinate measure of the regulation (CL news).

    There are two overriding principles shaping the revision of the MEP Order 7.

    1. Streamline administration: adjust registration types, reduce data requirements, optimize reporting mechanism, improve listing procedures for qualified chemicals into IECSC, quicken steps to the international practice and promote the green chemistry innovation in China under the premise of ensuring the environmental risk is controllable
    2. Problem-orientated: solve practical problems during implementation, prioritize new chemicals of high environmental concern, strengthen corporate responsibilities and public transparency and give full play to the role of social supervision.

    Below are the major changes introduced in the draft.

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