On June 30, 2016, Brazil was the first Latin American country that has made an effort to develop chemicals legislation. The Brazilian Ministry of Environment asked for public comment about a draft legislation that will monitor, evaluate, and control the use of industrial chemicals both produced and imported into the country.
Modelled closely after the United States Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the bill would help Brazil to establish a framework for a chemical regime that will contain three major components:
- A registry of chemical production and imports,
- A risk assessment process; and
- A risk management program, authorized to regulate chemicals and impose use restrictions.
The bill would also create the National Registry of industrial chemical substances that collects information about the chemical substances that are covered. Companies that produce or import the substances in a quantity of one ton would be obligated to submit the information to the registry.
The ministry has now created an online form for submitting public comments, with the comment period ending on August 14, 2016, ay 11pm.