China REACH Newsbyte: 8 New Substances of Concern

China is moving forward with what many call, “China REACH.”  As reported by the REACHspotter blog and Chemical Watch last week, China notified standards for eight substances.

China’s eight substances of concern. Back in January of 2010, The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released a new chemical registration scheme.  It’s called, “Measures on Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances.”  Also known as Order 7, the measure appears similar to Europe’s REACH regulation.

Last week, 8 substances came to attention. “The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has notified standards for eight substances to the World Trade Organization (WTO),” reported REACHspotter. “Chapters 3 and 5 of each standard are mandatory, the rest are recommended.”

Mandatory contents relate to quality requirements, packaging, labels, transport and safety.

The standards — if approved — would be adopted 90 days after their circulation by the WTO Secretariat, which would be August, and enter into force six months after adoption, which would be February 2012.* Comments deadline is early July 2011.

The eight substances are:

  1. imidacloprid
  2. gibberellic acid
  3. pyridaben
  4. chlorotoluron
  5. chlorsulfuron
  6. thiosultap-monosodium
  7. deltamethrin
  8. fluoroglycofen-ethyl

*Updates to deadlines and related details as events warrant

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Kal Kawar, CIH, PE, has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM's New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kal taps more than 20 years' worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience. His far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE – and hundreds of others – aid in developing Actio software solutions for MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship in a supply chain.