19 June 2009 18:00 [Source: ICIS news]
By Nigel Davis
Proposals put forward on 21 May for closed consultation among various ministries look as though they could cause problems for suppliers to the world’s fastest growing market for chemicals.
The measures have been called “
The EU scheme thus far has been a bureaucratic nightmare for producers and users of chemicals throughout the supply chain. And it looks as though the situation can only get worse as the full ramification of Reach registration, evaluation and eventual authorisation are realised.
Changes to the Measures on the Environmental Control of New Chemical Substances of 2003 look as though they will introduce various elements of Reach to
These include registration along tonnage bands, a system that underpins the EU Reach regulation; more toxicological testing; and classification of chemicals into groups that are seen to be more or less toxic.
Substances would be categorised as general chemicals, hazardous chemicals or chemicals of environmental concern.
An existing system of notification and registration of chemicals would be retained but more detailed registration details would be needed for new substances in bands of one tonne and more.
Generally, more data would be required the higher the volume of a substance sold on the
Like Reach, registration would only be possible through a Chinese entity and a joint notification scheme adopted to reduce the data burden and to ease the data gathering process.
According to the Korea Environmental Council in
The proposed regulations are seen as being potentially problematic for foreign chemical manufactures or importers because only China-generated eco-toxicological data would be acceptable for registration, the KECE says.
It is also concerned that the scheme might introduce China-only representatives to register chemical products.
The Chinese themselves worry about the “only representatives” rule in the EU, which restricts registrations to Europe-based representatives and not producing or importing companies themselves.
It is ironic that as
But this is a trend across northeast
The company has advised companies in the run-up and through the implementation of Reach in the EU and sees challenges ahead for firms selling novel substances into
The measures would only apply to new substances and not to those currently on the Chinese register, according to
But for companies that plan to bring innovative new chemicals to market, this will be a tougher regime.
If adopted in the current form, the new rules would come into force in October 2010.
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