China Updates Rules for New Chemicals to Align With Europe, U.S.

May 8, 2020, 4:14 PM

China is updating its environmental regulations for managing new chemicals for the first time in nearly a decade, bringing the country closer to similar rules in Europe and the U.S.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published an amended New Chemical Substance Environmental Management Regulation on Thursday that requires a new notification process to manufacture, import, or use any new chemical substance in the country.

The regulation, officially called MEE Order No. 12, is the primary regulation covering how China manages the acceptance of substances not listed in its Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances. It officially goes into effect ...

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