On June 3, 2011, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) issued its annual 'State of the Environment Report', the first official announcement on chemicals management after MEP Order No.7 entered into force on October 15, 2010.
According to the report, annual certifications issued by MEP in 2010 remained almost the same as in 2009. However, the number of exemptions increased 23.4% from 3818 to 4712, and substances newly added to IECSC increased 194.7% from 76 to 224.
|Year||Notification Certificates||Exemptions||New IECSC Listing|
“The dramatic increase of exemptions and new listings is a sign of stronger awareness in the industry, it also shows the determination and confidence of MEP to strengthen chemical management during the “12th Five Year Plan” (2011-2015).” Says Eric Xiong, project leader of REGULSTAR chemical service.
At the end of 2010, the total number of existing chemicals listed in IECSC amounts to 45,602, it is much fewer comparing to the 100,204 substances listed in European Inventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances (EINECS) or the 83,000 substances listed in TSCA inventory, which means tens of thousands of chemical substances should be notified to enter the huge Chinese market.
Experts of REGULSTAR suggest companies to check whether their products are listed in IECSC, if not, the notification process should be initiated at an early stage to avoid potential regulatory risks.