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  • China Concludes 1st Round of Central Government Environmental Inspections and Gears up for a New Round

      21 Jun 2019   Nora Wang

    In mid-May 2019, China’s first round of central government environmental inspections and follow-up reviews were wrapped up. It is reported that the central government has been vigorously preparing for a new round of actions to enhance environmental protection...
  • G20 to Formulate the World’s First International Framework on Oceanic Plastic Waste

      21 Jun 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: G20 achieved consensus on formulating an international framework in order to reduce oceanic plastic waste, which will be the first international framework on oceanic plastic waste in the world....
  • K-REACH Pre-registration Deadline Looming: Critical Points to Check

      20 Jun 2019   Nadine He

    Interest in South Korea’s REACH-like regulation (K-REACH) amongst stakeholders is at an all-time high as the June 30th, 2019 pre-registration deadline fast approaches. Some officials from the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and industry...
  • Thailand’s Revised Hazardous Substance Act Will be Implemented on Oct 27th 2019

      20 Jun 2019   Nadine He

    Thailand’s Hazardous Substance Act has been revised three times since it was first issued in 1992. The latest Amendment of the Hazardous Substance Act was published in the Thai Government Gazette on Apr 30th, 2019 as B.E. 2562 (2019)....
  • South Korea Proposes Use of Chemical Universal Tracking Number

      19 Jun 2019   Nadine He

    Takehome: Under new amendments to the CCA regulation, Korea will implement a new chemical information verification and declaration system. The authority will assign a universal tracking number for declared chemical products to manage...
  • Reporting on Actual Volume of New Chemicals Previously Registered below 0.1 t/y under K-REACH

      19 Jun 2019   Nadine He

    The revised Act on Registration, Evaluation, etc. of Chemical Substances (K-REACH) entered into force on Jan 1st, 2019. Previously, simplified registration was applied to new chemical substances in quantities less than 1 t/y (2015.1.1~2019.12.31) or less than...
  • South Korea Amends Requirements for Statistical Survey on Chemicals

      19 Jun 2019   Nadine He

    South Korea’s Provisions for Statistical Survey on Chemical Substances was revised and published by...
  • China Consults on New National Standard for Rare Earth

      18 Jun 2019   Horace Wang

    Takehome: MIIT issued a new mandatory national standard: Rare Earth Productions Packing, Marking, Transport and Storage, and is currently seeking feedback from the public. The packing, marking,...
  • China MEM to Formulate “Two Guiding Rules” on Risk Investigation of Chemical Parks and Hazardous Chemical Industry

      17 Jun 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: 1.China’s Ministry of Emergency Management is formulating “Two Guiding Rules” on risk investigation of chemical parks and hazardous chemical industry. 2. The risk associated with chemical, metal and non-metal mining industries are...
  • MEE Rolls out Three National Standards on Emission of Air Pollutants

      14 Jun 2019   Nora Wang

    On May 24, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) introduced three national standards on emission of air pollutants, including the Standard for Fugitive Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (GB 37822-2019) ...

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