Japan’s new era of chemical management - coming up this April

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2010 and 2011 will be challenging years for companies manufacturing, importing or handling chemical substances in Japan. Major amendments 20 May 2009 to the “Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc” (or Chemical Substances Control Law), sometimes referred to as Japanese REACH, will soon come into effect in two phases: 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011. While the Chemical Substances Control Law aims to prevent chemical substances from adversely affecting human health, flora and fauna. However the amendments correspond with the increased attention and concern of chemical safety and enhance its consistency with the global chemical control aids: WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development), Stockholm Convention on POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants), and chemical regulations in other parts of the world such as EU REACH and US TSCA.

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