Japan: New Online Tool Simplifies GHS Classification and Labeling
As of April 2021, companies operating on the Japanese market can access a new cloud-based online tool, the GHS Mixture Classification and Labelling Creation System (GMICCS) to help classify and label chemicals much more easily and much more quickly. The tool was developed by Japan’s National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) and will be available in Japanese and English versions.
As developed by NITE, GMICCS can deliver chemicals information in real time. The more comprehensive the information about the composition of chemicals is, the more effectively the system functions. Companies receive the GHS classification of a chemical along with the appropriate label. GMICCS replaces the previous GHS classification software developed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), which was significantly more complex to operate.
In Japan, the Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHA) regulates implementation of the GHS system and the monitoring of new chemicals. According to Chemical Watch, 674 chemicals are subject to the requirements of the GHS (Status beginning of March 2021), meaning that companies must supply safety data sheets for them.
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