The First Summit Meeting on Chemical Regulations in Asia-Pacific was Held Successfully
During 13-14 October 2015, hosted by CIRS, KTR and JEMAI, the First Summit Meeting on Chemical Regulations in Asia-Pacific was held successfully in Shanghai. Officials and experts from China AQSIQ, China MEP, China SAWS, Shanghai CIQ, Japan METI, Japan MOE, Korea KPIA, PACIA, and IHSC gave very excellent talks and communicated with attendees about the global chemical management during SMCR 2015. There are more than 130 enterprises and organizations attended the summit, including Shanghai Canadian Consulate, Shanghai Japanese Consulate, Bayer, Dupont, BASF, Akzo Nobel, Boeing, Siemens, Lanxess, Evonik, Syngenta, etc. 

Authorities: will keep strengthening chemical management supervision 

Mr. Yuqun Li, Deputy Director of the Department of Supervision on Inspection of China AQSIQ, gave a talk during the summit. He stated that China AQSIQ will strictly control the illegal activities such as unreported hazards or partially reported hazards on purpose of avoiding safety inspection. Also, authorities will keep improving the supervision and inspection of the chemicals, including learning from oversea countries, strengthening the imported/exported chemical supervision, strengthening the dangerous goods hazard classification and improving the basic technical skills.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dong Chao, Deputy Director of Shanghai CIQ also gave a very great talk regarding the current supervision situation of Shanghai CIQ. 


Great attentions have been drawn on the hazardous chemical management in China

On 1st May 2015, the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals in China (2015) was officially implemented. On 12 August 2015, Tianjin Port Explosion has drawn great attentions on the hazardous chemical management and supervision in China. How to correctly and safely deal and manage hazardous chemicals has become a recent focus for many enterprises.
Ms. Sun Jinye, Director of the Division of Chemical Management of MEP-SCC, Mr. Chen Jinhe, NRCC, China SAWS, Mr. Liu Feng, Deputy Director of Department of Supervision on Inspection of Shanghai CIQ, Mr. Jiangwei, Director of Dangerous Goods and Packaging Inspection Center of Shanghai CIQ all gave talks during the summit. Contents are about the hazardous chemical management policies and management current situation in China. Advices are made for the attended enterprises.
Mr. Liu Feng also specifically mentioned during the summit that Shanghai CIQ will carry out “private appointment” policy, risk warning and report and black-list policy. According to the inspection records, enterprises with bad records will be added into the “black list”, stricter inspection and higher sampling ratio will be applied. 


Chemical management policies in other regions

During this summit, except for the experts from Japan, Korea and China, CIRS also invited experts from other regions of the world. Mr. Nick Zovko from PACIA, Dr. Denese Deeds from IHSC, Dr. Montira Sriyai from Dr. Knoell, Mr. Jefferson Shih from DG Specialty Inc and Ms. Cloris Pan from CIRS all gave informative talks about the chemical management and GHS policies in Austria, USA, Thailand, Taiwan and China.

So far, the chemical regulations in Thailand and Austria are being updated; many enterprises indicated that they were very happy that they could get the first-handed information about the updates of the regulations. Especially, the hazchem registration in Thailand has drawn great attentions from the attendees.

For the GHS part, Dr. Denese Deeds and Ms. Cloris Pan introduced the GHS regulations and comparison in USA, China, Korea, Japan and Malaysia to help enterprises know more about the GHS requirement in Asia and North America markets. They also provided many great advices for enterprises. 

Revised guidance for new chemical substance notification

On 25 June 2015, the Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification was published for public consultation. So far, there are 351 critical advices received.

Mr. Liu Xiaojian, MEP-SCC, stated that the received advices mainly consisted of exemption types, responsibilities of applicant and agent, data requirement, etc. He also advised that enterprises knew the revised changed of the guidance, know the stipulations during grace period, pre-arrange notification projects, etc. 

Current situation of K-REACH

On 1 Jan 2015, K-REACH was officially implemented. On 1 July 2015, MOE published the first batch of existing chemical list (510 substances) to the public.

Mr. Ki-Young Kim from KPIA and Dr. Jean Kyoung Tak from KTR were invited to give talks about K-REACH, 7 pilot projects and the KPIA Consortium progress. It is reported that KPIA has selected up to 140 substances from the 510 substances as the first-batch of chemicals for registration.

Even that K-REACH has implemented, the related supervision works have not followed up, and many attended enterprises are very interested in the detailed supervision and management policies. Experts from KTR and KPIA gave many very useful insights and outlooks to the attendees. 

Attendees and speakers all spoke highly of the SMCR 2015. After the first day’s conference, CIRS also arranged a cruise ship welcoming event to provide a very great communication platform for our attendees and speakers. SMCR committee would like to thank all the supports and advices from our attendees and CIRS will keep improving the SMCR, trying to build a bridge to connect the world, to share chemical regulation information with the world and to maintain a sustainable development of the chemical industries of the world. 

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