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Hurdles Expected in China’s Transition to New Chemical Policy

June 8, 2020, 3:34 PM

A plan to help businesses meet China’s updated rules for registering new chemical substances could mean a do-over for companies that haven’t fully completed registration, chemical regulations analysts say.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) is updating its environmental regulations related to managing new chemical substances for the first time in nearly a decade. It released a proposal on June 3 meant to bridge gaps between the previous regulation and a new policy, called MEE Order No. 12, which takes effect on Jan. 1.

If materials in an application are deemed incomplete, or if authorities can’t process the registration...

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