Vol 37, 22 APR 2014


We are pleased to announce that the Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS) and CIRS will hold a joint seminar focusing on chemical control laws and GHS in China, South Korea and Taiwan in London on 11th June 2014. If you wish to get trained, obtain the latest regulatory updates or have your questions answered, please do not miss this great opportunity to join us. As a not-for-profit event subsidized by CHCS, the registration only costs �150+UK VAT as applicable. 


The full agenda and registration info can be found here


The number of allowed attendees is limited. Please ensure that you book your place early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to your attendance. 


best regards,


CIRS Regulatory Team

22 April 2014


China MEP Issues the Catalog of Priority Hazardous Chemicals for Environment Management.


10 April 2014, The China MEP has issued the official Catalog of Priority Hazardous Chemicals (PHCs) for Environment Management. The catalog includes 84 hazardous chemical substances. The publication of the catalog will impose new obligations (registration, risk assessment and PRTR report) on companies who produce those substances and companies who use those substances to manufacturer products in China. 


More info can be found here.


The English version of the list of PHCs is now available upon request from CIRS free of charge. Please contact service@cirs-reach.com if you are interested in the translated Catalog. 



China NHFPC to Approve 4 New Food Contact Additives and 2 New Food Contact Materials


On 1 April 2014, The National Health and Family Planning Commission of People's Republic of China (formerly the Ministry of Health) has published a notice for public comments on the approval of 4 new food contact additives and 2 new food contact materials. The 4 new food contact additives are Fluorolink F10, 2,2,4-trimethy1-1,3-pentanediol diisobutyrate, Silicon carbide, and Ammonium bromide. 
More info about their approved food contact applications can be found here.



China GB 2763-2014 Maximum residue limits for pesticide in food published.


28 March 2014, GB2763-2014 has been jointly issued by NHFPC and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). GB2763-2014 will enter into force on 1 August 2014 and replace GB2763-2012.


GB2763-2014 covers almost all food categories and all pesticides used in China. Compared to GB 2763-2014, 65 pesticides and more than one thousand (1357) maximum residue limits for pesticide in food have been added. 473 MRLs have been newly set up for fruits and 431 MRLs have been newly set up for vegetables. In addition to that, MRLs have been set up for fruit juices, preserved fruits and dried fruit for the first time in China. 

To obtain the Chinese standard free of charge, please contact david@cirs-reach.com

Tips this month

  • Did you know that Singapore has recently updated their GHS standard SS 586 and adopted GHS Rev 4? The latest version of SS 586:2014 can be purchased here
  • Did you know that polymer of low concern is exempt from new substance notification under TCCA and Korea REACH and you only need a letter of confirmation on exemption? 


Resources Available Upon Request


The following two presentations can be downloaded free of charge:  


More Events


24 April 2014, Shanghai

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Helsinki Chemicals Forum




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