Japan Considering Adoption of Non-Testing Based New Chemical Risk Assessment under CSCL

The last amendment to Japan’s Chemicals Substance Control Act was made in 2009 and fully implemented as of April 2011. This August, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Environment (MOE) initiated the preliminary research work for amending CSCL again, while the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) joined as an observer. Introduced by Takehiko Fukushima of MOE at the 9th Trilateral Policy Dialogue on Chemicals Management among China, Japan and Korea, a first-phase report will be completed by the joint committee in March, 2016. The following issues are being discussed and may be the reasons for the amendment: The progress of chemical risk assessment should be accelerated with only 4 years left to meet the WSSD commitment to achieving sound management of chemicals by 2020. Represented by Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), enterprises are calling for improvement of the new chemical risk assessment methods and harmonisation with international best practices and standards. For example, data generated by non-testing methods like QSAR and inventory checking should be accepted. The administrations of chemicals should be further streamlined and control measures should be decided more scientifically, so as to ease compliance burden of the enterprises.

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