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China trials Public Hazardous Chemical Information Platform

In August, China’s National Registration Centre for Chemicals (NRCC) launched an online platform called the “Public Service Internet Platform of National Hazardous Chemicals Safety”. The platform only exists in Chinese and has the following functions to facilitate management of hazardous chemicals:

  • Information on registered hazardous chemicals and their registrants
  • GHS and safety information on hazardous substances
  • Emergency and first aid measures, consultation hotlines and online chat
  • Relevant regulations including national standards
  • Scientific knowledge on hazardous chemicals

Public Service Internet Platform of National Hazardous Chemicals Safety (Chinese):

China’s 7th Batch of Regular Notifications

On 2nd August, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published the 7th batch of new chemical substance notifications to be approved for public consultation. The consulting period lasted from 2 - 4th August. Unless there were objections raised, the 11 new substances and 3 re-notified substances will be approved by the end of August.

MEE announcement (Chinese):

China main chemical law expected to be revised in autumn

MEP Order 7 on New Chemical Substance Notification, commonly referred to as “China REACH”, has been undergoing revision for several years (for example, the data requirements for notification were revised in 2017). China’s Solid Waste and Chemical Management Centre (SCC) is currently responsible for the revision of MEP Order 7 and the completed revision is likely to be sent to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) for review before October. An officer in MEE has claimed that the revised MEP Order 7 could be published in the first half of 2019.

MEP Order 7 (Chinese):

Revision to MEP Order 7 Data Requirements (Chinese):

Green product standard for coatings enforced from July

A new National Standard “GB/T 35602-2017 on Green Product Evaluation Standard for Coatings” came into force from 1st July 2018. Another 12 standards on construction materials have been enacted to create a comprehensive system for assessing green products. The standards were issued by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and Standard Administration of PRC (SAC).

A green product is defined under the standard as a “high-quality product that is: harmless or less harmful for the ecological environment and human health, less resource and energy-consuming and meets environmental protection requirements across its entire lifecycle”. The coating standard sets out the terms and methods for assessing materials as green products. The standard applies to water-borne, inorganic powders, radiation curable, high solid and solvent-free coatings. It describes testing methods and maximum allowable concentrations of some hazardous substances (e.g. benzene, formaldehyde, phthalates and azo dyes).

Currently, there is no standard logo for green products in China, but manufacturers can apply for green product certification to SAMR. The Standard is an essential regulation as part of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-21) and supports the recent move to replace solvent-based coating with water-based alternatives in several Chinese cities.

National Standard GB/T 35602-2017 (Chinese):

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