DENR tightens regulation on ‘highly toxic’ cadmium


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be enforcing a policy regulating the use of cadmium, a highly toxic chemical and a known human carcinogen.


DENR Administrative Order 2021-08 or the Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds aims to protect human health and the environment from the cancer-causing chemical.

While the DAO imposing the chemical control on cadmium and cadmium compounds was signed on May 6, 2021, by Environment  Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, it was only last October 22, 2021, that the order was published in a newspaper of nationwide circulation finally putting the policy legally in effect.

The CCO, which will take effect this November, requires any person or entity engaged in the importation, manufacture, distribution, and industrial use of cadmium and cadmium compounds to register with and obtain importation clearance from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

Applicants are further required to meet the specified requirements pertaining to the importation, manufacturing, chemical management plan, emergency, and contingency plan, labeling, workers’ training, handling, transport, treatment, storage, and disposal.

The CCO further requires any person or entity involved in the transport, recycling, treatment, storage, and disposal of cadmium-containing wastes to register and comply with all the applicable provisions of the rules and regulations on hazardous waste management under Republic Act 6969, or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.

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~sBusiness Mirror, 2 November 2021