China provisions on new chemical substances

On 19 January 2010, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China released the revised version (the Order No. 7) of the Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances. The new regulation replaced the old regulation issued in 2003 and came into force on 15 Oct 2010. This regulation is similar to EU REACH.

Under this regulation, companies submit new chemical substance notification to the Chemical Registration Centre (CRC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) for the new chemicals irrespective of annual tonnage, i.e. chemicals other than the approximately 45,000 substances currently listed on the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC).

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