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Chemical regulations of Importance in China

Highlights for Exporters to China: 1.China SDS & label and compliance with Foreign trade law for all
2.Registration for Existing toxic chemical if in 158 list
3.Notification for New Chemicals (not in IECSC list) followed by Registration
The following 4 issues are to be dealt by the Exporters of Chemical to China:
  1. General Requirement for all Exporters: All Companies exporting chemicals to China have the following obligations:
    • Preparation of safety data sheet and label in accordance with the requirements of China GHS in Chinese language (contact SSS for details)
    • Companies which export toxic chemicals (as listed) to China will need to apply for a Registration Certificate.
  2. The regulations of Environmental Management on Import and Export of Toxic Chemicals (Order no. 140), which came into force on 1st May 1994.
  3. Within this regulation, companies dealing with chemicals listed in the toxic chemical list of 158 substances; need to submit a registration certificate. Foreign companies which export toxic chemicals to China will need to apply for Registration Certificate with specified fee for each type of toxic chemical with the Chemical Registration Center of State Environmental Protection Administration (CRC-SEPA) and Registration Certificate is issued with a quantity limit and with a valid period of two years.
  4. The regulations of Environment Management of New Chemical Substances (China REACH) (Order no. 7), which came into force on 15 October 2010.
  5. Within this regulation, (China REACH), domestic i.e. Chinese companies shall submit new chemical notification, apply for and receive a  Registration Certificate with CRC-SEPA before manufacturing or importing the new chemical substances; for chemicals not listed in IECSC (around 45,000 substances) and in confidential list of 2,994 substances. Foreign companies that export NEW chemical substances to China must appoint a local agent for notification following which the substance will be registered based upon the recommendation of the authorities.(SSS has local representative and can facilitate this process too).
  6. The regulations on safe management of Hazardous chemicals in China (Order no. 591)
  7. As mentioned in article 98 of this order, for exporters: Exporters who deal with hazardous chemicals (about 3800 listed chemical) shall comply with the law and regulations of foreign trade;  whereas the importers of these hazardous chemicals will also have to comply with safe storage, use, operation, and transportation, as prescribed within this law.
    Also hazardous chemical listed in toxic chemical (158 chemicals) shall be compliant with the regulations of Environmental Management on Import and Export of Toxic Chemicals (Order no. 140).
    This regulation is implemented by the Chinese State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), and includes 2 parts as the following:
      1. The Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals and
      2. The Administration of Safe Use Permit for Hazardous Chemicals both will come into force on 1st Dec 2011

    The main principles are:

    • Manufactures and importers who are involved in the production, transportation, storage and business of hazardous chemicals shall receive safe use permit in China.
    • Manufactures and importers shall submit a registration Certificate for chemicals listed in the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals to both the National Registration Center of Chemical (NRCC) of SAWS and environment protection authorities before manufacture or importation for the first time.

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