On 1 April 2011, amendments to the Chemical Substances Control Law (official name: Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. / 化学物質の審査及び製造等の規制に関する法律), commonly referred to as Japanese REACH, fully entered into force. The amendments introduce requirements that will impact most importers and manufacturers of chemical substances.
Under these amendments, handlers of Class 1 and Class 2 Specified Chemical Substances, and products containing these substances, are subject to hazard communication requirements and compliance with technical standards or technical guidelines. The use of restricted chemicals with long-term toxicity became acceptable for essential use under stringent controls while non-persistent (biodegradable) chemicals became subject to controls.... (read more)