On 15th October 2010, a REACH-style legislature that regulates the environmental risk and hazard of China's new chemical substances, 'Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances', came into effect, under the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) Order No. 7. This regulation adopts several of the same principles and concepts of the European regulation, and thus has been dubbed ‘China REACH’. However, China REACH is a general term for legislation covering hazardous, toxic and new chemical substances, while the 'Measures' specifically regulate new chemical substances.
This legislation is a significant update on its previous Measures enacted in 2003, which has retained the system ofand introduced a series of new concepts also contained in EU REACH. These include GHS-based criteria hazard communication, notification tonnage bands, post-notification tracking and acceptance of notifications only by legal-entities within the jurisdiction of the regulation. The revised law follows an international practice in seeking for a more comprehensive management system for chemical substances in aspects of registration, evaluation, assessment and tracking control.
|2003 version PDF (in Chinese)|
|2010 version PDF (in Chinese)|