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Ministry gathers comment on chemical industry law

Updated: 09:29’ - 22/12/2006

The Ministry of Industry and the Government Office last month jointly organized a conference to gather comments on the latest draft of the Chemical Law before it is tabled to the Government.

According to drafters, the Bill aims to lay a legal foundation for the development of the chemical industry, facilitate chemical production, trading and use, and contribute to human and environmental safety.

With 67 articles arranged in 12 chapters, the Bill provides for the planning of and investment in the chemical industry; safety in chemical-related activities; chemical trading; declaration and registration of chemicals; classification, packing, labeling and use of chemicals; safety data sheets (SDS); and complaints, denunciations and handling of chemical-related violations.

As compared with current chemical regulations, the Bill contains a wealth of new provisions, especially those on responsibilities of organizations and individuals engaged in chemical-related activities.

Specifically, the Bill requires establishments that produce or import chemicals to classify and label hazardous chemicals in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals in order to meet international requirements on management of chemicals. Establishments should also make safety data sheets for these chemicals to supply chemical users with information on safety measures during the process of treatment, transportation and use of chemicals.

Establishments that produce or use hazardous chemicals on the list issued by the Government must work out and submit plans on response to chemical-related incidents to competent authorities for approval.

The Bill also stipulates that before licensing projects involving hazardous chemicals, competent agencies should make announcement on mass media and collect feedback from the public in service of the appraisal and licensing work.  

The Bill is scheduled for submission to the National Assembly for comment at its 11th session in March 2007.-


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