China MEE Publishes New Chemical Notification Statistics

On 22 Oct 2018, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued 8 batches of regular notifications and 15 batches of simplified notifications that have been approved in 2018. In total 94 regular notifications have been approved this time, of which most new substances were classified as “hazardous of priority environmental concern”. So far, more than a quarter of the notified new substances are classified as “hazardous new chemical substances of priority environmental concern”. Whether or not the current classification criteria using GHS classification for environmental management category is reasonable has been discussed with regards to the revision of MEP Order 7 (Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances). There is speculation about new classification criteria in the future. MEE also issued the modification details of registration certificates previously approved. Based on the regular notification data collected, the details are specified as in Table 1.

Table 1. Regular Notification Statistics (batch 2-batch 9 approved)

 

Number of regular notifications approved

Number of modified certificates approved

Batch 2

1

0

Batch 3

19

6

Batch 4

9

3

Batch 5

16

5

Batch 6

12

0

Batch 7

11

3

Batch 8

14

2

Batch 9

12

8

In total

94

27

For the simplified notifications, most were notified through special case of simplified notification (6 special cases). The others were notified through general case of simplified notification, namely the new substance is manufactured/imported in quantities below 1 tonne per annum.

Further information is available at: http://www.mee.gov.cn/hjzli/hxphjgl/xhxwz/

Chemlinked, 30 October 2018 ; http://chemlinked.com/en/news