China releases updated chemical framework

Nov 05, 2019

China’s ecology and environment ministry (MEE) has released an updated draft of the Environmental Risk Assessment and Control Regulation for Chemical Substances.

Similar to TSCA in the US, or Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL), China’s updated framework will require pre-market approval of new substances and risk evaluation of certain existing substances. According to Chemical Watch’s latest update, the draft contains several changes including:

  • exemptions for pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cosmetics, food additives, and fertilizers
  • maximum of five years’ confidentiality protection of business information relating to substance identity
  • information on reporting
  • type of data necessary during evaluation

Although the ministry has not specified a date of adoption or entry into force for either regulation, you can learn more about the recent updates here.

Why should you care?

Global regulations are always changing and it’s important to be aware of how they will affect your business.