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Asia-Pacific Response Newsletter: Q1/2 2022

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Snippets from around the industry

REFINERY NEWS ROUNDUP: More news on closures in Asia-Pacific

X-Press Pearl fire, a half year after the fire

Regulatory Update

OURAY Corner



 

Snippets from around the industry


Photo by AJOT


Chemical shippers complain of struggle to move cargo

The regulatory requirements governing the shipping of dangerous goods make their handling more complex, which shippers believe is behind growing difficulties in securing equipment and space on vessels.


https://www.joc.com/maritime-news/chemical-shippers-complain-struggle-move-cargo_20211021.html


Asia Pacific Maritime returns as the first large-scale in-person maritime tradeshow in Singapore after two years of hiatus

The biennial Asia Pacific Maritime (APM), Southeast Asia’s maritime, workboat and offshore exhibition and conference will hold its 17th edition at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 16 – 18 March this year. Supported by the Maritime Port Authority and Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, APM returns as the first large-scale maritime trade event serving the industry community in Southeast Asia. It will feature six official pavilions with some 7,000 attendees expected to attend the event in-person. The last in-person event was held in 2018.


https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/asia-pacific-maritime-returns-as-the-first-large-scale-in-person-maritime-tradeshow-in-singapore-after-two-years-of-hiatus/


Leschaco opens new chemical and dangerous goods warehouse in Malaysia

In Port Klang, Malaysia, Leschaco recently opened a new chemical and dangerous goods warehouse with a floor space of 120.000 sft on two levels. Within this new facility up to 13,000 pallets of chemical products and hazardous materials can be safely stored. Contract logistics, especially for chemicals, is a fast-growing market in Malaysia. Accordingly, logistics companies that are reliable partners for transporting and storing chemicals and dangerous goods are in demand.


https://ajot.com/news/leschaco-opens-new-chemical-and-dangerous-goods-warehouse-in-malaysia


IoT, automation, EVs key priorities for APAC logistics industry

New research from HERE Technologies, the leading location data, and technology platform, reveals that approximately a third of logistics companies in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are considering IoT (37 percent), warehouse automation (33 percent), and electric vehicles (32 percent) as key investment priorities in the next two years.


https://www.itln.in/iot-automation-evs-key-priorities-for-apac-logistics-industry


IN THE KNOW Podcast 32: The Biggest Risks for Shipping in 2021

In this episode of the In the Know podcast, Capt. Andrew Kinsey, senior marine risk consultant for insurer Allianz, joined The Maritime Executive for a conversation about the biggest hazards facing shipping today.


https://www.maritime-executive.com/podcast/in-the-know-podcast-32-the-biggest-risks-to-shipping-in-2021


Are the ships getting too big? What can the industry keep improperly packed DG off of the ships? Is Just-in-time (JIT) shipping contributing to DG problems? The industry is now dealing with crew fatigue issues and this issue may cause a shortage in seafarers moving forward too. Is African piracy still an issue? They even talk about the possibility of risks in the new northern/Arctic routes.


Adaptation and Resilience in ASEAN: managing disaster risks from natural hazards

Climate change is an existential threat to the countries forming ASEAN. These countries are already exposed* to a wide range of natural hazards that have had serious consequences for people, infrastructure, and the environment. Climate change will intensify some of these existing hazards and generate new threats, creating cascading impacts across people and places.


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-singapore-cop26-universities-network-policy-reports/adaptation-and-resilience-in-asean-managing-disaster-risks-from-natural-hazards


My key takeaway?

Floods accounted for over 60% of all disaster events that have occurred from 2012 to 2019. Over the same period, floods affected more than 70 million people and ~USD 900 billion worth of capital stock



 

REFINERY NEWS ROUNDUP: More news on closures in Asia-Pacific


Graphic by OURAY


Refinery closures remain in the spotlight in the Asia-Pacific region with news emerging on New Zealand’s Marsden Point and Australia’s Kwinana.


https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/refinery-news-roundup-more-news-on-closures-in-asia-pacific/


OURAY has mapped the announced refinery maintenance and expansion projects for the APAC Region here:


https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1Xk9XPsFZL_vzngA2U0OAzVtj0l3dET10&usp=sharing



 

X-Press Pearl fire, a half year after the fire

Photo by Sri Lanka Ports Authority


Oil, plastic, acid: Sri Lanka’s cargo spill under a microscope

Marine pollution caused by the wreckage of a container ship off Colombo’s coast has captured the world’s attention. At a global ocean summit, expert scientists warn that the environmental harm goes beyond plastic washed up on beaches.


https://www.eco-business.com/news/oil-plastic-acid-sri-lankas-cargo-spill-under-a-microscope/


Poor packing of dangerous goods implicated in X-Press Pearl fire

Regulations for the carriage of dangerous goods are well established. But even if they are declared, poorly packed containers can lead to disastrous consequences


https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1137031/Poor-packing-of-dangerous-goods-implicated-in-X-Press-Pearl-fire



Sri Lanka official on X-Press Pearl fire: loading conflicts on dangerous goods are usually detected

Terminals and vessels have checks to ensure that dangerous goods are safely stowed, an industry official said in response to questions whether a loading conflict could have triggered a fire on board the Sri Lanka bound X-Press Pearl.


https://economynext.com/sri-lanka-official-on-x-press-pearl-fire-loading-conflicts-on-dangerous-goods-are-usually-detected-82693/


How the X-Press Pearl disaster could have been avoided

The X-Press Pearl sank on June 2 in what is now referred to as the worst maritime ecological disaster in Sri Lanka’s history. The wreck is close to shore, too close, and it won’t be long before the effects of the ship’s fuel and other pollutants are felt, along with the cocktail of cargoes (some hazardous) from close to 1,500 containers the ship was carrying.


https://splash247.com/how-the-x-press-pearl-disaster-could-have-been-avoided/



 

Regulatory Update


Photo by ChemLinked


Australia


30 Nov 2021: Deadline for Australia Annual Declaration under AICIS

15 Nov 2021 The due date to submit annual declaration is November 30, 2021 and covers the period from July 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021...


Australia Consults on 24 Draft Evaluation Statements

09 Nov 2021 On October 22, 2021, Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) published a notice to seek public feedback on the draft evaluation statements of 24 chemicals in accordance with the Rolling Action Plan...


Australia Consults on 10 Draft Evaluation Statements Covering 1,417 Industrial Chemicals

18 Feb 2022 These evaluations are part of Australia’s Evaluation Roadmap and are listed in the accompanying Rolling Action Plan, which are completed under the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019...


Australia Adds 8 Substances into Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals

10 Mar 2022 On March 4, 2022, Australia made public a notice to announce the addition of 8 chemicals to the Australia Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC)in accordance with Industrial Chemical Act 2019...


China


China Consults on 34 National Food Safety Standards, Including 10 for Food Related Products

27 Oct 2021 The 34 consultation drafts include 10 standards for food-related products, 2 manufacturing practices for special food, 2 hygienic practices for meat products, 2 rules for microorganisms and 10 determination methods for foods...


15 New Food Ingredients and Food-related Products Granted Approval in China

26 Oct 2021 China National Health Commission approved the use of one new food raw material, nine new food additives and five food-related products. Advantame is approved to be used in carbonated drinks in China...


China MEE Adds 23 Substances into IECSC

20 Oct 2021 This is the fifth batch of existing substances that were added into the inventory after IECSC supplementation window was opened in June 2019...


FAQs Vol. 2 | China NMPA Answers Key Questions about New Cosmetic Ingredient (NCI) Registration/Notification

15 Nov 2021 On Nov. 11, China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) issued an announcement, answering frequently asked questions about NCI registration/notification...


QR Codes to Become Mandatory for Hazchem Management in China in 2022

11 Nov 2021 The QR code for Hazchem management is currently only piloted in Guangdong province and expected to be mandatory cross the nation in 2022...


China to Standardize Application and Issuance of Pollutant Permit for Industrial Solid Waste

09 Nov 2021 China will formulate standards to facilitate including solid waste in pollutant discharge permit system by clarifying its application scope, implementation standard, implementation method, permit content, etc...


China MEE Issues Comprehensive Directory of Environmental Protection (2021)

08 Nov 2021 The Comprehensive Directory of Environmental Protection (2021) adds 47 new "dual high" products, of which 35 are provided with manufacturing technologies for exclusion...


China Consults on the Recommended List of Alternatives to HCFCs

02 Dec 2021 The List clarifies the use and applications of alternatives to HCFCs. All alternatives have an ODP of 0 and most of them have a GWP less than 20. The deadline for comments is December 31, 2021...


China to Further Strengthen the Prevention and Control of Heavy Metal Pollution

30 Nov 2021 By 2025, the nationwide discharges of key heavy metal pollutants from key industries will be reduced by 5% compared with 2020. By 2035, a sound mechanism for the prevention and control of heavy metal pollution will be established...


China Consults on the Application of QR Code in Pollutant Discharge Outlet

23 Nov 2021 The basic principles and management and implementation requirements, etc, are proposed to further standardize the application of QR code in pollutant discharge outlet in China...


China Consults on New GB Standard for Food Contact Paints and Coatings (GB 4806.10)

19 Nov 2021 The draft proposed to extend its application scope by including paints and coatings of paper. The labeling of coating materials and articles shall be indicated following an order from the outer layer to the layer in direct contact with food...


China Expects Mandatory Standard for Prohibited Substances in Automobiles

18 Nov 2021 The latest revision of GB/T 30512-2014 Requirements for Prohibited Substances in Automobiles includes the change of the name of the standard, the expansion of the scope of vehicle types and prohibited substances, the update of the exemption list, etc...


China Issues Industrial Green Development Plan to Tackle Climate Change

09 Dec 2021 The Plan highlights the current green development status in China, and outlines main objectives and tasks for industrial green developments...


China’s New Pollutants Treatment: A Long Way to Go

03 Dec 2021 A virtual forum was held with an aim of discussing environmental management of new pollutants. Experts clarified the difficulties in legislation and enforcement, and what can be done by stakeholders...


China MEE Consults on Adding 11 Substances into IECSC

03 Dec 2021 On December 2, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published a notice to consult on the addition of 11 substances into the IECSC. The consultation will end on December 15, 2021...


China Launches the Long-Awaited Submission Platform for Cosmetic Ingredients Safety Information

04 Jan 2022 Cosmetic ingredient manufacturers or their authorized enterprises can log on to the platform to submit ingredient safety-related information...


China Publishes Guidelines for Screening of Priority Assessment Chemical Substances

31 Dec 2021 The Guideline stipulates the scope of chemical substances subject to the screening for priority assessment, screening principles and procedures, technical requirements for screening, and requirements for report preparation, etc…


China Opens National Online System for Precursor Chemicals Management

24 Dec 2021 A national online platform is launched for the unified management of the precursor chemicals across China...


China MEE Adds 11 Substances into IECSC (Updated on Dec 23)

23 Dec 2021 On December 22, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published a notice, announcing that 11 substances were included into the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances (IECSC)...


Shanghai Publishes Use Safety Management Guidelines of Hazardous Chemicals in Industrial and Trade Enterprises (Trail) (Updated)

22 Dec 2021 Shanghai is taking action to improve the use safety of hazardous chemicals in various sectors including metallurgy, non-ferrous metals, building materials, machinery, light industry, textiles, tobacco, etc...


China Releases Revised Measures on the Management of Transfer of Hazardous Waste

15 Dec 2021 Major revisions include clarifying the general responsibilities of relevant parties in the transfer of hazardous waste, advocating the short-distance transfer of hazardous waste, strengthening the information management of hazardous waste transfer...


CFSA Consults on Four New Varieties of Food-related Products

14 Dec 2021 As per the notice released on Dec 9, 2021, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment is now consulting on four new varieties of food-related products, including one new additive variety for food contact materials (FCM) and articles, and three new resins...


China MEE Publishes Revised Hazardous Waste Exclusion Management List ( Updated on Dec 14)

14 Dec 2021 "Waste water-based drilling mud" is replaced by "waste water-based drilling mud and cuttings". Besides, there are changes to the description of hot dip galvanizing scum and bottom slag, as well as waste generated in the production of seven types of resins...


China to Update VOC Standards for Coatings by 2025

20 Jan 2022 National Technical Committee on Paints & Pigments of Standardization Administration of China is planning to revise and integrate the current seven national mandatory standards on limits of harmful substances of coatings into three by 2025...


China Updates the Catalogue of Dual-Use Items and Technologies Subject to Import and Export License Administration

17 Jan 2022 The Catalogue consists of two parts: catalogue of dual-use items and technologies subject to import & export license administration...


New Hazchem Registration Online System to be Implemented Nationwide in 2022

12 Jan 2022 More enterprises, in addition to Hazchem manufacturers and importers, will be covered to report Hazchem information. An agent system may be applied to foreign manufacturers in the future for QR code obligation...


China Enhances Law Enforcement to Fight against Environmental Pollution

11 Jan 2022 On January 10, 2022, Chinese MEE issued the 14th Five-Year Plan for Construction of Integrated Administrative Law Enforcement Teams for Ecological and Environmental Protection, which is the support document in the nationwide battle to prevent and control pollution...


China MEE Publishes New Chemical Record Notification Statistics in the Second Half of 2021

10 Feb 2022 China MEE released 4,362 new chemical substance record notifications received from July 2021 to December 2021...


Dangerous Goods Shipping in Yangtze River Basin: How to Deal with the Recent Ingredients Disclosure Requirements by Maritime Safety Administration

09 Feb 2022 CAS number is the sole criterion for determining whether dangerous goods are within the scope of goods prohibited in the Yangtze River Basin...


China Implements New Hazchem Registration Online System (Updated on Feb. 18, 2022)

18 Feb 2022 More enterprises, in addition to Hazchem manufacturers and importers, will be covered to report Hazchem information. An agent system may be applied to foreign manufacturers in the future for QR code obligation...


Case Analysis: Ingredients Disclosure Requirements on Dangerous Goods Shipping in Yangtze River Basin

14 Feb 2022 Regarding the Notice isuused by Shanghai MSA, ChemLinked experts make some interpretations based on practical cases...


China MEE Adds 18 Substances into IECSC

08 Mar 2022 These substances were previously registered under the Measures on Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances (MEP Order No. 7 of 2010), and now are qualified for listing into the IECSC as existing chemical substances in China...


China Cancels Filing of Imported Coatings, Custom Inspection Still Required

07 Mar 2022 On March 1, 2022, China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) issued Order No. 257, announcing the repeal of several regulations including the Measures for the supervision and administration of inspection of imported coatings...


China Approves 32 New Varieties of Food Ingredients and Food-related Products

03 Mar 2022 2 food raw materials, 11 food additives and 19 food contact material substances were granted approvals.

Reach24H, which owns ChemLinked, successfully finished the application of a new FCM additive, namely “Rosin, ester with glycerol”...


China to Implement 16 GB Standards in March, Involving Food Additives, Contaminants and FCM

02 Mar 2022 These GB standards provide a legal basis for regulators, and also offer compliance guidelines for food manufacturers. Stakeholders are always recommended to keep an eye on the latest changes on GB standards, so as to take prompt measures and avoid unnecessary losses...


India


India Expects to Notify WTO of Draft CMSR This Year

11 Nov 2021 The legislation is catching up and several discussions are going on internally to speed up legislation. The next step is to notify WTO of the draft proposal for a period of public consultation lasting 60 days, which is expected later this year at the earliest...


India Delays Implementation of Quality Control Orders for Five Chemicals

14 Feb 2022 India’s Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) published circulars to extend the implementation date of mandatory Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) quality control orders (QCOs) for five chemicals to June 22, 2022...


India Consults on National Standard for 3,4-dichlorophenyl Isocyanat

21 Feb 2022 This standard prescribes the requirements, methods of sampling and test for 3,4- dichlorophenylisocyanate, with reference to two standards...


India Delays Implementation of Quality Control Orders for Four Chemicals

24 Feb 2022 On January 31, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) published a circular to delay the implementation of mandatory quality control orders (QCOs) for four substances. They were supposed to be implemented in February, 2022...


India Consults on National Standard for Sodium Hypochlorite

02 Mar 2022 Published on February 21, 2022, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is consulting on a draft Indian Standard (IS) for sodium hypochlorite. The deadline for comments is April 22, 2022...


India Consults on National Standard for Terephthalic Acid

03 Mar 2022 Published on February 23, 2022, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is consulting on a draft Indian Standard (IS) for terephthalic acid. The deadline for comments is March 19, 2022...


Long-awaited India REACH to be Released in Months

07 Mar 2022 India’s Chemicals (Management & Safety) Rules (CMSR), which is dubbed “India REACH” will be notified to the WTO in May or June and took effect in August this year...


Japan


Japan MHLW Adds 194 Existing Chemical Substances under ISHL

Since these chemical substances are regarded as existing chemicals now, the manufactures and importers of such substances will no longer need to notify them as new chemical substances under ISHL...


Japan Releases Revised Chemical Substance Lists under PRTR

19 Oct 2021 The number of Class I substances and Class II substances was respectively increased from 462 to 515 and from 100 to 134, which will take effect from April 1, 2023...


Japan Publishes 2022 Schedule for Small-quantity Notification of New Chemicals

15 Nov 2021 Company stamps are no longer required for submission. Enterprises need to apply for the notification as soon as possible since the permitted amount allocated is limited...


Japan Adds 24 Substances Requiring Export Permission from METI

08 Nov 2021 Japan has added 24 substances as raw materials for chemical warfare agents, which require export permission from December 15, 2021...


Japan MHLW Consults on Revision of the List of Poisonous and Deleterious Chemicals

08 Dec 2021 Changes will be made depending on the concentration of poison through amendments to the Cabinet Order for the Designation of the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances, under the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law...


Japan Consults on Adding 234 Substances for Mandatory SDS and Labeling Requirements under ISHL (Updated on January 4, 2021)

04 Jan 2022 On December 28, 2021, Japan MHLW announced lists of candidate substances[1] for mandatory SDS and labeling requirements in 2022 and 2023, based on which the official lists will be developed...


Japan MHLW Adds 196 Existing Chemical Substances under ISHL

31 Dec 2021 Five batches of these substances were released, as the missing substances in the previous batch published in September were released in November...


Japan Updates the Positive List of FCM

06 Jan 2022 On December 24, 2021, MHLW of Japan released the revision of the FCM positive list, which applies to food contact utensils, containers and packaging made of synthetic resin. The latest version of the positive list adds 125 new substances that can be safely used in food contact materials...


Japan Consults on SDSs Delivery in Digital Forms

10 Feb 2022 On February 1, 2022, Japan's METI consulted to revise the Ministerial Ordinance Specifying the Method of Provision of Information on the Properties and Handling of Designated Chemical Substances, etc under the PRTR Law to allow SDS delivered via email or web in addition to fax...


Japan Consults on Annual Reporting Exemptions for 133 Substances under CSCL

10 Feb 2022 Comments are due by February 6, 2022, and the final list is expected to be released in late March, 2022. The list is generally updated on a yearly basis. As of March 31, 2021, there were 3,110 substances on the list...


Japan MHLW Revises Lists of Poisonous and Deleterious Chemicals (Updated on Feb. 9, 2022)

09 Feb 2022 Compared with the consultation version released in December, 2021, the main amendments remain unchanged. They will be implemented on February 1, 2022...


Japan Adds 234 Substances for Mandatory SDS and Labeling Requirements under ISHL (Updated on March 2, 2022)

02 Mar 2022 On February 24, 2022, Japan MHLW officially added 234 substances to Schedule 9 of the Enforcement Order of ISHL, with corresponding content thresholds for providing SDS and labels in Schedule 2...


Malaysia


Malaysia Consults on Updates of Substances Prohibited to Use under OSHA 1994

27 Dec 2021 Malaysia is to revise the Occupational Safety and Health (Prohibition of Use of Substances) Order to update information on the prohibited carcinogenic substances and add new substances...


Philippines


Philippines Consults on Mandatory Requirements for Mercury Added Products

26 Oct 2021 Requirements for restrictions, labeling and certification of certain electrical and electronic products are proposed in the Draft DAO on Mercury Added Products...


Philippines to Reduce Its HFC Imports by 80% by 2045

22 Dec 2021 On October 13, the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a chemical control order for hydrofluorocarbons to regulate, restrict and prohibit their import, export, use, manufacture, transport, processing, storage, possession and sale...


The Philippines Consults on the CCO for Vinyl Chloride

14 Feb 2022 In the Philippines, vinyl chloride is included in the Priority Chemicals List (PCL). Once the order is approved, companies previously completed PCL certification or exemption of vinyl chloride are also subject to the CCO requirement..


South Korea


South Korea to Use QR Code on Household Chemical Products Subject to Safety Confirmation

28 Oct 2021 The South Korea QR code pilot project is currently only for disinfectants. However, it may be extended to all listed 39 types of household chemical products subjected to safety confirmation in K-BPR by 2022...


K-REACH New Requirements for Supply Chain Communication

26 Oct 2021 According to Article 20 of K-REACH, two types of substances are stipulated to transmit required information in the supply chain, including the registration/notification number, substance names, hazards and risk information, and safety use information, etc...


South Korea Updates Quantity Limits for Hazardous Chemicals that Require Submitting Chemical Accident Prevention Management Plan (Updated)

12 Nov 2021 There are no changes made in the final revised version. From Nov 8, the chemical accident prevention management plans can be submitted online...


K-REACH: Deadline for Registration Exemption Applications is Approaching

17 Nov 2021 Applications for registration exemption confirmation of chemical substances ≥1000 t/a or CMRs ≥ 1 t/a shall be submitted before December 24, 2021...


South Korea Updates Restricted Substances List

20 Jan 2022 On Dec 29, 2021, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) announced the updates of Restricted Chemical Substances List by MoE Announcement No. 2021-295. Acrylamide and its mixtures (≥ 0.1%) is designated as restricted substances. Restrictions for lead and chromium (6+) compounds are updated...


South Korea Proposes to Add Ten Substances to the Authorization List

17 Jan 2022 This is the first time the MoE has issued candidates for comments. Ten substances, including benzoapyrene, formamide, perboric acid, etc.are proposed for authorization under K-REACH...


Updated Existing Chemical Hazard Assessment Results Under K-REACH

21 Feb 2022 On February 11, 2022, NIER issued NIER Announcement No.2022-10, making public the hazard evaluation results of 30 existing chemical substances that were registered and reviewed under K-REACH from January to March 2021...


162 Substances to Be Added for Priority Management under K-REACH

16 Feb 2022 These substances are confirmed to have hazard of endocrine disorder, PBT, vPvB, or CMR. The current lists of substances subject to priority management will be combined and supplemented...


South Korea Revises Packing Material Recyclability Rating Standard

04 Mar 2022 On February 28, 2022, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) modified the Packing Material Recyclability Rating Standard1 to adjust the recyclability level of several packaging materials...


Taiwan


Taiwan Published Revision to Regulation of Priority Management Chemicals (Updated)

09 Nov 2021 Taiwan is to revise the Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals. A draft proposal has been issued for a 60-day public comments until 12 August...


Taiwan Extends 106 PECs Registration Deadline to the End of 2024

24 Nov 2021 The registration period of 106 PECs is extended to 5 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registrants can obtain a registration code even if they don’t submit hazard and exposure assessment information. Notably, the official review period won’t be extended...


Thailand


Thailand Updates Existing Chemicals Online Search Platform

30 Nov 2021 Thailand’s old online search platform which was opened in 2019 for searching the First Thailand Existing Chemicals Inventory was recently shut down, instead a new online search platform was launched...


Thailand FDA to Update Label Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals

09 Feb 2022 DA notification B.E.2558 (2015) will be revised to add signal word as mandatory label elements for small containers...


Thailand Amends Rules on Application for Permit of Type 3 Hazardous Substance

23 Feb 2022 Thailand amends rules for online application for the permit of import/export/production/possession of Type 3 hazardous substances...


Thailand Implements GHS for Hazardous Substances Used in Fisheries

22 Feb 2022 The notification stipulates that the hazardous substances (both single substance and mixture) used in fisheries shall comply with Globally Humorized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (the third revised edition of UN GHS, 2019)...


Thailand DIW Consults on Adding PFOA, Its salts, and PFOA-related Compounds to the List of Hazardous Substances

14 Feb 2022 Thailand will enhance management of PFOA, its salts, and PFOA-related compounds. The consultation will due on February 25, 2022...


Thailand DIW Consults on Criteria for Hazard Properties for Annex 5.6 Hazardous Substances and Mixtures

10 Mar 2022 The consultation will end on March 25, 2022. Once approved, this regulation will come into force ninety days from the date of its publication on the Government Gazette...


Taiwan


Taiwan Removed 23 Designated Priority Management Chemicals and Re-categorizes Others under Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals

17 Feb 2022 On February 14, 2022, Taiwan Ministry of Labor released the amendments to the List of Designated Priority Management Chemicals...


Taiwan to Shut Down IT Platform of Chemical Commodity Importation Pre-confirmation from March 11

08 Mar 2022 Voluntary pre-confirmation of chemical commodities on the CCIP platform prior to importation is no longer required...


Vietnam


Vietnam Proposes Thresholds for POPs in Specific Products

01 Dec 2021 Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is consulting on National Technical Regulation on Thresholds for Persistent Organic Pollutants in Articles, Products, Goods and Equipment, which was published on November 12, 2021...


Vietnam Issues Decree No. 111/2021/ND-CP with New Rules for Goods Labeling

30 Dec 2021 Goods exported from Vietnam require labeling under Decree No. 111/2021/ND-CP. In case of origin of goods unable to be identified, the country or region where the last stage of finishing the goods is performed shall be presented on the label...


Vietnam Consults on Electronic Goods Labeling under Decree No. 111/2021/ND-CP

22 Feb 2022 This Draft Circular guides in detail the goods labeling by electronic method specified in Clause 5, Article 1 of Decree No. 111/2021/ND-CP, section amending and supplementing Clause 4 Article 10 of Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP on goods labels...


Vietnam Implements New POPs Regulations under Decree No. 08/2022/ND-CP of LEP

17 Feb 2022 The law adopts new requirements on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and raw materials, fuels, materials, products, goods and equipment containing POPs...


Vietnam Implements New ODSs Regulations under Decree No. 06/2022/ND-CP of LEP

08 Mar 2022 On January 7, 2022, the Government of Vietnam published Decree No. 06/2022/ND-CP, detailing provisions of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020. On the same day, the MONRE published Circular No. 01/2022/TT-BTNMT...




 

OURAY Corner



Photo by John West


A personal note by John West


As many of you know, I am now living in Singapore. After a slightly bumpy start due to shifting COVID restrictions, a story best told in person over a meal, I was cleared through immigration with a quick swipe of my passport. The city has been everything I had been told and more. It is super clean, the MRT runs better than anything I’ve seen, the architecture is amazing, and after a month, I have yet to have a bad meal here.


I greatly appreciate the support of the companies that made this move possible. Now that I am in the region, my vision is to help members get the training they need through the year while supporting their additional service requests as they are received, whether emergency or scheduled. OURAY has built a reputation for making sure our clients can sleep well at night knowing that we are handling their issues. My vision for Singapore, and the greater Asia-Pacific region, is to bring that OURAY experience to our members.



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