Draft for Chemical Management in Sri Lanka

A draft national policy on chemical management in Sri Lanka is anticipated to reach cabinet in a few months. If the policy is agreed upon by the Ministers the draft will then be sent to Parliament, and if approved by Parliament, the policy will become law. The focus of the policy will be on the […]

EU Poison Centre Update

European Union Plans to Delay First Poison Centre Notification Deadline to 1 January 2021 On 19 July 2019, the European Union (EU) submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a notice of amendments to Annex VIII of the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) that […]

Substances added to REACH Candidate list

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added four substances to the Candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) which now brings the total to 201. The list of chemicals is generally updated twice a year. The new chemicals are as follows: tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, […]

Proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations

The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 6, 2019. The anticipated regulations will be open for comments for a duration of 75 days, ending on September 19, 2019. The proposed Regulations also considered comments received regarding the 2013 consultation document. Canada […]

Japan Revises Standards to 6th GHS Revision

Japan has updated their GHS standards to align with the 6th GHS revision. The new standards are as follows: JIS Z 7252 – chemical classification for GHS labelling; and JIS Z 7253 – hazard communication for GHS labelling and SDS.   Businesses will have until May 24, 2022 to comply with the new standards. Some […]

EU Poison Centre Notification

A wide variety of chemical products are available on the EU market for use by professionals and the general public. These products can pose hazards due to unintentional exposure in cases of misuse or accidents. It is crucial that emergency responders have immediate access to accurate and relevant information about the chemical product in question […]

Canada Considering a Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Bill S-214 has been introduced into Canada’s House of Commons to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics tested on animals. The Commons will only have until the federal elections to pass the Bill. S-214 would amend Canada’s Food and Drug Act, banning the sale and manufacture of cosmetics tested on animals as well as […]

Changes to Non-Domestic Substance List (NDSL) by Environment Canada

As of February, 9 2019, Environment Canada published “Order 2018-87-06-02 Amending the Non-domestic Substances List,” “Order 2019-87-01-02 Amending the Non-domestic Substances List,” and “Order 2019-87-02-02 Amending the Non-domestic Substances List.” As a result, the following substances have been removed from NDSL: CAS# 13308-51-5, 496065-19-1, 163440-95-7, 29658-26-2, 70632-12-1, 72783-16-5, 1173160-50-3and CAN 19156-4. These substances no longer […]

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Overhauls Current Chemical Framework

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) has released a draft law on chemicals for public consultation. The proposed law – the Regulation on the Evaluation and Control of Chemical Substances – may potentially affect all organizations manufacturing, importing or using chemicals within the country. The proposed law is intending to improve the management of […]

Taiwan Publishes Revised Chemical Control Act

Taiwan Publishes Revised Chemical Control Act On January 16, 2019, the revised Toxic and Chemical Substances of Concern Control Act (TCSCA) replaced the previous Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSA). The revised Act contains 75 articles grouped into seven chapters, which includes additions on substances of concern, accident prevention and emergency response. The following are […]