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Japanese ministries publish mixture notification rules and adds 257 chemicals to annual listing

Rules for mixture notification published by ministries

Draft notification rules for mixtures and complex substances such as UVCBs were published by Japanese ministries on 17th July, 2018. The consultation periods of the draft ended on 15th August. If approved, the rules will take effect from April 2019 and will apply to existing general chemical substances and priority assessment chemical substances (PACs).

According to the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL), existing general substances or PACs manufactured/imported at more than 1t/y must be notified every April. The new rule will require a single submission for mixtures and UVCBs, which will replace the current system of submitting separate notifications.

Platform for public consultation (Japanese only): http://search.e-gov.go.jp/servlet/Public?CLASSNAME=PCMMSTDETAIL&id=595118052&Mode=0

257 general chemical substances were added in annual listing

257 chemicals were added to the list of “general chemical substances” by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Environment. Companies manufacturing/importing new chemical substances must notify the ministries. The government then classifies the substances as either being:
Companies have an obligation to submit notifications for general chemical substances manufactured/import at 1 t/y during the previous fiscal year.

  • Class I specified chemical substances;
  • Class II specified chemical substances;
  • Monitoring chemical substances;
  • Priority assessment chemical substances; or
  • General chemical substances

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Environment Notification No. 11 (Japanese only): http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/chemical_management/kasinhou/information/kokuji.pdf

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