India delays implementation of four quality control orders


India’s Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) has delayed the implementation of quality control orders on four substances. The QCOs, issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), will now enter into force in August, instead of February as originally planned .  

The substances are:  

acetic acid – used as an ingredient in the manufacture of vinegar, household cleaning agents, textile processing, printing processes and as a chemical reagent;  

aniline – used to manufacture urethane foam, and in petrochemical processing, industrial explosives and as a dye intermediate;  

methanol – used as a gasoline additive and in the production of acetic acid and anti-freeze; and  

morpholine – used as a fruit preservation, a fungicide in cereals and as an ingredient in waxes, polishes and cleaners.  

The QCO for morpholine will now enter into force on 1 August, while the others will become effective two days later.  

In the intervening period, manufacturers, importers and traders across the value chain of the four chemicals can continue to operate and trade without interruption under the prevailing regulations.  

Until the QCOs come into force, the substances will have to carry the currently correct BIS Indian Standard (IS) specification numbers and markings on their packaging and labels  

Official notification of the delays was published in the Government Gazette on 31 January, and subsequently circulated via the DCPC’s website on 21 February.    

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Chemical Watch, 24 February 2022