ASEAN regulations for MWF to get stricter

Jun 27, 2019

The member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are in a transitional time with respect to MWF chemical regulations. In the past, some countries require minimal prohibitions, while others operate more intricate regulations.

Many countries are at a crossroads, caught between two steps — the Global Harmonized System (GHS), an internationally agreed-upon standard, and the installation of a risk assessment system. While most ASEAN countries have already implemented GHS, some still need to undergo the process. As countries review overall chemical management systems, regulations will likely become stricter.

“There is a need to hasten the pace of preparation of a new chemical regulation framework in the region, corresponding with a global purchasing network.”

-Yoshihisa Hayakawa, general manager, ASEAN Technical Center at Yushiro stated in his presentation during F+L Week.

As these countries are called to expedite the installation of a new chemical regulation framework, several potential regulatory, product and customer issues may arise under a new system. To learn more about future ASEAN chemical regulations and how they’re predicted to affect the global lubricants landscape, read this Fuels and Lubes article.

Why should you care?

If ASEAN countries install their own unique framework, the enormous expense for evaluation will become a major concern for MWF manufacturers and raw material suppliers.