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Hazardous Chemical Registration in China


July 1, 2012, China State Administration of Work Safety published the final version of the revised Measures for the Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals (SAWS Order 53). As one main supporting law under the Decree 591, this revised regulation has taken effect since August 1st 2012 and replaced its predecessor version that had been released in 2002 by the former State Economic Trade Commission, a comprehensive administration set up in 1993 and repealed in 2003.

SAWS Order 53 establishes a powerful database of hazardous chemicals by adopting the internationally accepted registration system on hazardous chemicals, and provides technical and informative support for management on hazardous chemicals, accident prevention and emergency rescue.

Competent Authority


The National Registration Center for Chemicals of State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS)

Local Registration Office at Provincial Level

Affected Companies

Domestic Manufactures (prior to the final acceptance of a new-built chemical plant)

Domestic Importers (prior to any importing activities)

Foreign Exporters are exempted from registration and there is no “OR” (Only Representative) concept under “SAWS Order 53”

Solutions for foreign exporters:

Chinese importers ·

Appoint a reliable agency to provide technical support for CN importers

Scope of Registration

Chemicals listed on Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals

The 2002 version of Catalogue is being revised and will be issued for public consultation soon

Chemicals with unknown hazard properties but identfied to be hazardous after hazard identification

Supporting “Measures” on hazard identification and classification 1) SAWS: Measures for the Management of Physical Hazard Identification and Classification for Chemicals (Available now) 2) MOH/MEP: Measures on health/ environmental hazard identification and classification (Not available now)

Procedure of the Registration

Hazardous Chemica Registration  in China

Registration Related Obligations for Registering Companies

Registration time

· Manufacturing/importing enterprises shall complete registration prior to the formal commencement of manufacturing/the first import of HCs (Hazardous Chemicals)

· Renew registration certificate 3 months prior to expiration

· Apply for cancellation of registration certificate 3 months before termination of production

Registration for one same variety of hazardous chemical product

· Companies both manufacture and import of the same variety of HCs shall register as manufacturers

· Importers who import the same HCs from different suppliers shall register the firstly imported chemicals, but provide the information of HCs from each supplier

· Repeated import of the same HCs produced by the same manufacturer, only one-time registration is required

Building an archive management system for hazardous chemicals

The registering enterprise shall

· Arrange a general inspection of all the HCs on their company’s premises

· Establish an archive management system for all their hazardous chemical products

Responsible and qualified employees for the registration

The person responsible for the registration shall have

· Corresponding knowledge and capacity of HCs registration

· Capacity to cooperate with registration authorities to verify the registration contents

Hazard identification for chemicals of uncertain hazard properties The state certifying agency should be appointed to conduct the hazard identification. If the chemical is identified as a HC, it should be registered according to the SAWS Order 53.
Emergency response telephone

· The registering manufacturer should provide a 24h emergency response consulting telephone or authorize a qualified authority for the emergency service

· Registering importer can establish their own fixed-line emergency telephone, entrust one of their import agent or a qualified registration authority with a 24h emergency phone service

The chemical information required for the registration

· Classification and labeling information about the HCs

· Physical and Chemical properties of the HCs

· Main uses (legitimate uses, forbidden uses and restricted uses)

· Hazardous properties

· Safety requirement of transport, storage and utilization of HCs

· Emergency measures for hazardous situation

Application materials required for the registration

· Hazardous chemical registration form

· For manufactures, industry and commerce business license is required; for importers, there more specified material are required

· SDS and the precautionary label

· Emergency telephone number

· The product standard of the HCs

Get to Know Hazardous Chemical Registration in China

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1. What's Decree-591 6. Industry Obligations
2. History 6(1) GHS compliance
3. Authorities 6(2) Hazardous Chemicals Registration
4. Legal Framework under Decree 591 6(3) HazChem Licensing System under Decree 591
5. Regulatory Scope 6(4) Entry-Exit Inspection on Hazardous Chemicals
5(1) Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals 7. News
8. Expert Articles & Ebook

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Search the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals

Chemlinked provides an online search toolbox, China Chemicals Inventory Toolbox( Thousands of hazardous chemicals included in Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals (2002version) can be searched on the toolbox.

Assistance in hazard identification

For uncertain hazardous chemicals, REACH24H could contact accredited testing institutions to arrange test under physical hazard identification

Support Chinese importer/agency in hazardous chemicals registration

Preparation and update of China GHS compliance SDS/label

The 24h Emergency Telephone Number REACH24H are appointed by NRCC to represent 24h emergency telephone number

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