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China Update Sep-Oct 2019

1. MEE and MoH published draft guidance for chemical risk assessment
Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and Ministry of Health (MoH) jointly published the Draft Guidance for Chemical Risk Assessment Framework. The guidance provides basic steps for environmental risk assessment. The framework will become an important part of the new MEP Order 7 regulatory system. The draft provides some background into risk assessment for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances.

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2. MEE held a seminar to help industry comply with Order 7

During the seminar, MEE spoke about the current status of IECSC nomination. MEE received 230 applications from 55 entities as well as 10 applications to change the substance information in IECSC. The MEE will summarise the information and update the IECSC after the nomination deadline (30th September 2019).

According to the MEE, the draft revision of MEP Order 7 and the draft Regulation on Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances are still under public consultation. The MEE has received over 500 comments. Among key changes to the regulation are increased fines for companies that fail to register new substances and the introduction of electronic, rather than paper registration certificates.

The draft Regulation on Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances was notified to the World Trade Organisation on 2nd September. The document mentions an enforcement date of 15th October but does not specify a year. The MEE still needs to discuss with the other Chinese competent authorities regarding the management of raw materials of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, veterinary drugs, cosmetics, food, food additives, feed, feed additives, fertilisers, radioactive substances.

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