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  • Australia SWA Consults on Proposal to Adopt GHS 7

      8 Jul 2019   Nora Wang

    On July 3, 2019, the Safe Work Australia (SWA) opened a consultation on the proposal to adopt an updated version of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for management of workplace hazardous chemicals....
  • Japan Awaiting Official Release of Food Contact Material Positive List

      5 Jul 2019   Anne Peng

    The informal draft of positive lists of additives and polymers used in food contact materials was disclosed, however the official consultation draft is expected to face the public in July or August.
  • Vietnam to Establish National Operation Center Tasked with Elimination of Toxic Chemical Hazards

      5 Jul 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently decided to establish a national operation center for eliminating toxic chemical hazards and minimizing environmental accidents.
  • MEE Releases Comprehensive Management Plan for VOCs in Key Industries

      5 Jul 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: China MEE released a comprehensive plan to strengthen the management of VOCs in key industries such as petrochemical, coating, packaging and printing, oil storage, gas station and so on. The...
  • AICS Inventory Update Detailed in Chemical Gazette

      3 Jul 2019   Deborah Xiong

    On July 2, details of the latest update to Australia’s Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) were published in the Chemical Gazette. The Gazette details the latest chemicals added to the AICS, changes made to the AICS, new chemical reports and permits...
  • China Introduces Compliance Assessment System for RoHS 2

      3 Jul 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: SAMR and MIIT released China RoHS 2: Implementation Arrangements for Compliance Assessment System to detail the compliance assessment activities. Two methods of compliance assessment are...
  • Japan MHLW Releases Revision to List of Poisonous and Deleterious Substances

      3 Jul 2019   Nora Wang

    On June 19, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) released an amendment to the Cabinet Order on the Designation of Poisonous and Deleterious Substances, ...
  • India to Ban Import of Plastic Waste from August 2019

      3 Jul 2019   Deborah Xiong

    On June 24th, in Rajya Sabha, India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar outlined policy steps India will take to curb pollution including an upcoming ban on import of plastic waste starting from August 2019...
  • China Releases List of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment (2019 Version)

      2 Jul 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: China’s NDRC and MOFCOM jointly released the List of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment (2019 version) on June 30. The list will become effective on July 30, 2019 and includes 22 catalogues related to...
  • China Releases 2019 List of Hazardous Chemicals Prohibited from Inland Waterway Transport

      2 Jul 2019   Nora Wang

    In late May 2019, the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) jointly issued the List of Hazardous...


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