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China adopts 4th revised edition of GHS

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Chemical Watch reports that China has announced a raft of new and revised standards that align its classification and labelling requirements with the fourth revised edition of the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of chemicals classification and labelling.

Two new and 26 revised mandatory national standards on classification and labelling were approved, according to two notices issued by the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) on 10 October. The standards will come into force on 1 November 2014.    

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Regulator stresses REACH and California’s SCPR are different


Chemical Watch reports that elements in REACH could help companies meet requirements of California’s new Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), but they should understand that the two regulations are different, an official at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has said.

Answering questions during a Chemical Watch webinar on SCPR, Karl Palmer, chief of the DTSC’s Toxics in Products Branch, said the department would look at what other regulatory regimes are controlling, when it selects priority products for alternatives assessment. He added that if a selected product is regulated elsewhere, DTSC would determine whether the product was adequately regulated by the endpoints being examined by the department.

Information generated by REACH analyses could help position entities “favourably to be aware of what their obligations are under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations, and perhaps position them better to meet those requirements,” said Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson & Campbell.

Addressing the issue of data gaps, Mr Palmer said the department is “going to use the weight of evidence as best as we can”. While some substances are going to have a robust data set, others may not, he explained. “It is going to be a process of collecting all the information available and evaluating them ultimately in the alternatives analysis,” he added, admitting it would be a challenge. While the department goes through the process of identifying potential priority products in the work plan, it will be talking to stakeholders to see if “we have missed something in the data” and assess the feedback, before moving forward, Mr Palmer said.

Emily Tipaldo, manager of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council, said there would be opportunities for stakeholders to provide DTSC with more information, as the priority products go through rulemaking. Mr Palmer added that the department would put out the information it develops as part of the priority products listing, so the public can see its rationale.

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