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Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced on 12 Dec 2012 a revision of thehazardous substance list regarding a batch of chemicals used in various household products. Thailand’s hazardous substance list is generated under the overarchingHazardous Substance Act.The list classifies hazardous substance into four categories, with bigger number representing greater hazards:

· Type 1 hazardous substance is that of which the production, import, export, or having in possession must comply with the specified criteria and procedures.

· Type 2 hazardous substance is that of which the production, import, export, or having in possession must first be notified to the authority and must also comply with the specified criteria and procedures.

· Type 3 hazardous substance is that of which the production, import, export, or having in possession must obtain a permit.

· Type 4 hazardous substance is that of which the production, import, export, or having in possession is prohibited.

Substance

Classification

Lindane

Added to be Type 4

Citronella Oil

Raised from Type 1 to Type 2

Anionic Surfactants

Added to e Type 1

Nonionic Surfactants

Added to be Type 1

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

Remained as Type 3

The updates of the list are concluded in the table below:

The changes came into effect upon the release of the announcement.

 

Please be noted that this article originates from the Chemlinked, for more information you may visit www.chemlinked.com.

This October of 9 saw another perfect close of one case in which Reach24H—the professional compliance solution providers of chemical regulatory compliance had successfully helped its foreign client to complete the supplementation of substance in accordance with the Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) issued by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) in Taiwan, where their market prospect might be largely depended upon how they manage to deal with it.

 

This article compares three localized SDS writing rules under China GHS, the EU CLP regulation and the US OSHA HCS.

 

August 30, 2012

 

In general, (M)SDS writing norms in these three countries or areas, EU, China and USA, are based on the United Nations' GHS standard. Both the EU and China maintain all 16 sections in a complete Safety Data Sheet consistent with the UN GHS, while the US SDS adopts only 12 sections, i.e. Section 12/13/14/15 are not so mandatory as the other ones.

American Chemistry Council released monthly report for the US chemical industry operation, predicting a slow growth in the 2nd half 2012 and US chemical exports still declining

 

25 July 2012

 

From American Chemistry Council (July 24, 2012) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today released the second monthly report of its Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a new leading macroeconomic indicator. The July CAB was flat after declining three consecutive months, historically a sign of slowing economic activity.

How different do you know about the hazard classification for chemicals under UN GHS/EU CLP/China GHS/US HCS(Hazard Communication Standard)?

 

10 July 2012

 

In the product stewardship of a hazardous chemical product, when asked “what is your principal regulatory duty”, most clients immediately think of a Safety Data Sheet or a chemical precautionary Label based on local standards. Yet not so many come to realize your hazard classification is actually the real pre-requisite that underlines all the other GHS compliance activities.

 

Despite the constant development of a globally unified GHS system in recent years, slight differentiations always exist between specific countries and districts, and ignorance of this fact could always cause unexpected trouble and economic loss to your cross nation trade. Our regulatory expert in global GHS compliance, Ms. Rita Qiu would like to share a detailed diagram that helps you distinguish four GHS classification systems: UN GHS /EU CLP/China GHS/US HCS.

 

Click on the picture to view the full PDF on "Distinguish 4 versions of GHS hazard classification - UN GHS/EU CLP/China GHS/US HCS"

 

Compared with the 28 hazard categories defined in UN GHS and CLP, China GHS adopts only 26 categories and dismisses so far the requirements on ‘aspiration hazard’ and the ‘hazard to ozone layer’. The US HCS also designates 26 hazard classes defined under the UN GHS, laying aside the ‘hazard to aquatic environment’ and the ‘hazard to ozone layer’; furthermore, US adds 3 classes outside UN GHS – ‘Pyrophoric Gas’, ‘Simple Asphyxiant’ and ‘Combustible Dust’. Products falling within these three classes shall be classified as hazardous ones and are obliged to go together with the corresponding SDS and GHS labels.”

 

She also reminds clients of China New Chemical Substance Notification that, in their preparation of the Risk Assessment Report for new substances above 1 tonne/year which involves testing for hazard identification and risk control management, it’s better to check over the testing data of the related hazard classification conclusion against principles of China GHS classification. As occasionally a hazard classification conclusion may not be consistent with the due technical basis (26 China GHS GB standards) when the testing lab may apply other standards in determining the hazard positivity of a new substance. The appropriate way is to conclude the hazard identification based on actual testing data against the related GB standards. During this process, experience and knowledge of a chemical regulatory professional is unavoidable.

US orders to recall a dietary supplement due to harmful API components that can cause NSAID toxicity and discontinuation of corticosteroid

 

12 June 2012

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a news alert on 8 June to the public that consumers should immediately stop buying or start using Reumofan Plus, a health food marketed as “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions because the product contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) not listed on the label that could be harmful.

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