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China’s Consumer Products Safety Standard Imminent

China’s National Standard on Safety Requirement for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products is expected to be released in 2019. The draft of the national standard, published by China’s National Consumer Product Safety Commission on 3rd May 2017, regulates the use of listed substances in consumer products including furniture, toys, textiles etc. 103 substances are proposed to be restricted in consumer products including heavy metals, phthalates, haloalkenes, phenols and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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China publishes new National Standards on chemical classification

On 17th September, State Administration of Market Supervision (SAMR) and the National Standardization Administration Committee (SAC) published 454 National Standards including the GB 36700.1-.8 Chemical Classification Guide for Aquatic Environmental Hazards. GB 36700 mirrors Annex 9 and 10 of UN GHS Revision 4 and will be in force from 1st April 2019.

GB 36700 includes 8 sections:

  1. Introduction;
  2. Harmonised classification methods;
  3. Aquatic toxicity;
  4. Degradation;
  5. Bioaccumulation;
  6. Use of quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR);
  7. Classification of metals and metal compounds;
  8. Guidance on transformation and dissolution of metal and metal compound in aqueous media.

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