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  • Australia Passes Remaining 3 Bills for AICIS and Consults on 2019 Draft General Rules

      9 Apr 2019   Nora Wang

    Following the approval of three bills in February, the remaining bills for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) passed through the Senate on April 2 and received Royal Assent on April 3. Thus far, all bills relating to the new...
  • Japan Exempts 150 Existing Substances from Annual Notification

      9 Apr 2019   Nadine He

    On Mar 29, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced the addition of 150 existing substances to the List of Substances Exempted from Notification...
  • Jiangsu to Close Thousands of Chemical Enterprises by 2020

      8 Apr 2019   Nadine He

    On April 1st, Jiangsu’s provincial government issued a draft plan to slash the number of chemical production enterprises and chemical parks over the next 3 years. The plan is to eliminate chemical enterprises with low safety standards and severe pollution issues...
  • China Consults on Provisional Administrative Rules on Carbon Emission Trading

      8 Apr 2019   Nora Wang

    On April 3, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued a notice [1] seeking feedback on the Provisional...
  • MIIT Solicits Opinions on Nine Mandatory National Standards

      29 Mar 2019   Nora Wang

    On March 20, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a notice to solicit opinions on nine mandatory national standards. The standards are listed in the table below.
  • SAMR Releases Program to Ensure Safety of Children's Products and School Supplies

      28 Mar 2019   Nora Wang

    China SAMR released the 2019 Action Plan for Safety of Children's Products and School Supplies, vowing to provide children and students with access to safe products.
  • MIIT Consults on Two Mandatory National Standards for Coatings

      22 Mar 2019   Nora Wang

    On March 21, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a notice to solicit public comments on two new mandatory national standards for coatings, namely the Limit of Harmful Substances of Marine Coatings and the Limit of Harmful...
  • UPDATE: Death Toll in Jiangsu Chemical Plant Explosion Reaches 78

      21 Mar 2019   Nora Wang

    A chemical plant in Jiangsu Province was rocked by a huge explosion on Thursday afternoon, leading to the deaths of at least 78 according to the local authority.
  • South Korea Consults on Hazard Evaluation Results of New Substances Registered under K-REACH

      20 Mar 2019   Nadine He

    South Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) is now consulting on the hazard evaluation results of new chemical substances registered under K-REACH by NIER Notice No. 2019-129. Any comments are welcome before 3 Apr 2019.
  • China NRCC Solicits Suggestions to Revise Implementation Guidance for HazChem Inventory

      19 Mar 2019   Nadine He

    On Mar 14th, the National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC) of the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) issued a notice soliciting suggestions to revise...


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