30 March 2010 22:28 [Source: ICIS news]
BALTIMORE, Maryland (ICIS news)--Several Asian countries are establishing chemical inventory and notification laws as a result of information exchange programmes from the Asia-Pacific region, panelists told the Global Chemical Regulations Conference on Tuesday.
The Taiwanese Safety and
Under the law, companies must nominate their substances for inclusion via an existing chemical notification process and must also provide contact details for a local representative in
Once the centre has collected all of the chemical nominations, it intends to compile an inventory of submissions during 2011, but the process could take longer, Grenda said.
The inventory is intended to cover all substances manufactured, imported or used in
James Cox, a specialist in product regulatory clearance and compliance at Eastman Chemical, said that
Likely to start in 2011, the EHS classification would identify substances of concern and provide information for Malaysian authorities to spark decisions on how to manage those substances, prioritising them for further risk assessment.
The Malaysia Department of Environment, which is managing the effort, has yet to finalise regulations but has committed to providing a two-month notice before the law takes effect.
Representatives from the international team of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noted that several nations agreed to enhanced cooperation on sharing chemical information and building the capacity to regulate chemicals during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) chemical dialogue meeting on 1-2 March in
The EPA's Heather Page, who oversaw the US-sponsored APEC workshop, said nearly 100 participants from the 21 APEC member nations shared concerns on conducting risk assessments, assessing chemical hazards, and collaborating with stakeholders in industry and government.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which was among four intergovernmental organisations to participate, also unveiled a risk assessment toolkit for analysis of chemical risks to human health, available through its website.
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