China: List of Toxic Chemicals Modified

In the future, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) will align itself with international conventions on the import and export of chemicals. The agreements involved include the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention, and the Rotterdam Convention. The new approach took effect this January.

The new policy replaces the previous list of about 150 strictly regulated chemicals with a new list (only in Chinese). ChemicalWatch provides an English translation. The new list not only contains chemicals subject to import and export restrictions, but also subject to restricted use.

All 35 chemicals on the list are included in one of the conventions. Importers and exporters of such
substances must apply to the MEP for a release from customs.

In particular, we would like to invite you to our Chemical Compliance Day on April 12, where we have been able to schedule a speaker who is an official representative of a Chinese governmental agency. You can learn firsthand the Chinese requirements for safety data sheets, the registration of chemicals, and so on.

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