China New Chemical Substance Notification Services
On 19 January 2010, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China released the revised version of the Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances (MEP Decree No. 7)(China REACH). The new regulation replaced the old regulation issued in 2003 and entered into force on 15 October 2010. This regulation is also named ‘China REACH’ for short, although it only requires new substance notification rather than EU REACH requires all chemical registration.
Under this regulation, companies shall submit new chemical substance notification to the Chemicals Management Center (SCC) of MEP for the new chemicals irrespective of annual tonnage, ie chemicals other than the approximately 45,000 substances currently listed on the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC). The notification not only applies to new substance on its own, in preparation or articles intended to be released, but also applies to new substances used as ingredients or intermediates for pharmaceuticals, pesticides, veterinary drugs, cosmetics, food additives and feed additives, etc.
There are 45,612 substances in IECSC (2013). Chinese government updated this inventory on 31 January 2013. IECSC includes two parts of existing chemical substances, public part and classified/confidential part.
For the public part:
- Download Official Verison in pdf format.
- Quickly check it by using CIRS's free Asia-Pacific Chemical Inventory Search System (APCISS).
There are 3,270 substances listed in the confidential part of IECSC (2013). They are shown in category names. Neither CAS number nor molecular structure is given for those confidential substances. Companies have to submit a formal enquiry to SCC to check whether a substance is listed in the confidential part of IECSC or not. SCC usually issues a letter of confirmation within 2 weeks after an enquiry is submitted. a 3,000 RMB fee will be charged by SCC for the enquiry. CIRS can provide the service to help you submit the enquiry to SCC.