Thailand’s Existing Chemicals Inventory and Proposed Chemicals Management Regulations

Thailand’s Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has released a preliminary existing chemicals inventory (http://www.diw.go.th/hawk/content.php?mode=eservice). The DIW has combined the following four sources to make the National Existing Chemicals Inventory: Substances present in the DIW database. Hazardous substances whose properties match that of those present in Annex 5.6 of the Notification of Department of Industrial Works Re: List of Hazardous Substances (No. 2), and whose production and/or import are notified to the DIW using form Wor Or/ Or Gor 20, beginning from February B.E. 2558 (2015). Substances which are not notified to the DIW before the cut-off date (12/31/2016) will be considered new substances. Hazardous substances present in the Notification of the Department of Industrial Works Re: List of Hazardous Substances. Chemicals imported between 2014-2016 (obtained from the Customs Department). The DIW anticipates the completion of the final version of the National Chemicals Inventory in 2017 and plans to update it every 3 years. Thailand’s Proposed Existing and New Chemicals Management Regulations: Chemicals present in the inventory which meet the below criteria will be prioritised for assessment: Chemicals whose production or import volume exceeds 10 metric tons per annum; Carcinogenic, mutagenic and repro-toxic (CMR) chemicals – category 1A or 1B; Persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals; Very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB) chemicals; Chemicals of equivalent concern or hazardous; Substances under International Conventions Chemicals determined to be substances of very high concern (SVHC) will require submission of chemical risk assessment reports. Grace periods will be given according to tonnage bands. The DIW proposes 3, 5, and 8 years for chemicals whose production/import volumes exceed 1000 metric tons/year, 100-1000 metric tons/year and 10 but not exceeding 100 metric tons/year, respectively. In addition, the DIW would permit companies to submit joint chemical risk assessment reports. Due to this new requirement, the hazard type of the substances present in the Notification of the Department of Industrial Works Re: List of Hazardous Substances and its amendment may change. Consequently, certain chemicals may be subjected to more stringent production/import requirements. Chemicals not present in the chemicals inventory will be considered new. Non-hazardous chemicals and those which do not meet the aforementioned SVHC criteria are qualified for simplified risk assessment report. Moreover, the DIW proposes adding new subsections onto the safety data sheets. Examples of such proposals include adding “Specific Uses” under Section 7: Handling and Storage and the inclusion of the full text of R phrases (hazard statements) under Section 16: Other Information. *Readers should note that these requirements are only proposed and may change in the future when the finalised version of the chemicals inventory is published.

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