Importers Now Impacted by China’s Chemical Registration Requirements

According to an order published last week by China’s State Administration of Work Safety, importers are now required to register hazardous chemicals by August 1, 2012 under the Measures for the Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals. Registration will apply only to China’s Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals, but the number of chemicals on the list is expected to double from 3,700 to between 7,000 and 10,000 in the next few years.

The new legislation establishes more detailed registration submission requirements. Currently, companies are required to upload their safety data sheets and labels as part of registration. The new measure will require companies to provide more detailed information including physic-chemical data, main usage, hazard properties, steps for safety and emergency response procedures. Manufacturers and importers will also be required to provide classification and labeling information upon registration per the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in China, which could include pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.

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