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by Nathan Kongprachaya

On February 16, B.E. 2558 (2015), Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health issued a notification titled “Hazard Classification and Communication System of Hazardous Substances under the Responsibility of Food and Drug Administration” that was subsequently published in the Royal Government Gazette on March 19, B.E. 2558 (2015). This notification became effective the day after its publication.

Manufacturers and importers of hazardous substances and mixtures (e.g. consumer products such as rodenticides, insecticides and disinfectants) that are under the oversight of Thailand’s FDA must follow the requirements on hazard classification and communication which are stipulated in the notification from the Ministry of Industry. They are based on the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3, and are as follows:

  • Classify substances or mixtures against the criteria for 16 classes of physical hazards, 10 classes of health hazards and 2 classes of environmental hazards;
  • Apply appropriate labels;
  • Prepare safety data sheets.

Exporters of substances and mixtures classified as hazardous that fall under the responsibility of the FDA are subjected to the same requirements, unless there are other specific requirements from the partner country.

These requirements must be implemented within 1 year after the publication of the notification in the Royal Government Gazette for substances (which is by March 20, 2016) and within 5 years for mixtures (which is by March 20, 2020).

References:

Notification of Ministry of Public Health Re: Hazard Classification and Communication System of Hazardous Substances under the Responsibility of Food and Drug Administration B.E. 2558 http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2558/E/062/5.PDF (in Thai)

Notification of Ministry of Industry Re: Hazard Classification and Communication System of Hazard Substances” B.E. 2555 http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2555/E/048/15.PDF (in Thai)

Notification of Department of Industrial Works Re: List of Hazardous Substances B.E. 2556 http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2556/E/125/6.PDF (in Thai)

Notification of Department of Industrial Works Re: List of Hazardous Substances (No. 2) B.E. 2558 http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2558/E/041/12.PDF (in Thai)

On April 13, 2015, Darlene Susa-Anderson, ChemADVISOR’s Vice-President EHS Services and current President of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), was in Washington, DC, to sign the renewal agreement for the SCHC-OSHA Alliance. The initial agreement between the two organizations was signed in 2004 and has been renewed 3 times in the last 10 years.

About SCHC

SCHC is a non-profit organization with a mission to:

  • Promote the improvement of the business of hazard communication for chemicals.
  • Educate SCHC members on hazard communication issues.
  • Provide a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences.
  • Enhance the awareness of members and the general public of new developments in hazard communications.
  • Provide guidance or technical expertise to private, non-profit groups and to government.

For additional information on SCHC, please visit www.schc.org.

by June Kang

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) published the official notification of the Designation of Risk-Concerned Product and Safety and Labelling Standards on April 1, 2015 as MOE Notification No. 2015-41. This notification includes a list of products regulated under K-REACH and safety, labelling and packaging standards.

Designated products containing chemical substances are listed below:

  1. Detergent product group - Cleaners, Synthetic detergents, Bleaching agents and Fabric softeners
  2. Coating/Adhesive product group - Coating agents and Adhesives
  3. Air freshener product group - Air fresheners and Deodorizing agents

MOE plans to add more products, including disinfectants and anti-rust additives, later in April 2015 through an amendment.

References:

Designation of Risk-Concerned Product and Safety and Labelling Standards published on April 1, 2015 as MOE Notification No. 2015-41

http://www.me.go.kr/home/web/index.do?menuId=71

 

by June Kang

The Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced the proposed list of 518 Existing Substances Subject to Registration as public announcement No. 2015-0191 on April 1, 2015. The list contains the same chemical substances as the preliminary announcement made on October 31, 2014. The public hearing period is open from April 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015. This list is scheduled to be finalized and officially announced in June 2015. Once the final list is published in June, companies manufacturing or importing substances subject to registration will have a three year grace period to prepare and submit their registration dossier; the anticipated expected deadline is June 30, 2018.

References:

The Act on Registration and Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances (enacted on May 22, 2013 as Act No. 11789, effective on January 1, 2015) 화학물질의 등록 및 평가 등에 관한 법률 (제정 2013.5.22, 법률 제11789호, 시행일 2015.1.1)

http://law.go.kr/lsInfoP.do?lsiSeq=140402&ancYd=20130522&efYd=20150101&ancNo=11789#0000 (Korean)

http://www.law.go.kr/lsInfoP.do?lsiSeq=140402&chrClsCd=010203&urlMode=engLsInfoR&viewCls=engLsInfoR#0000 (English)

Enforcement Decree and Regulation

http://www.chemnavi.or.kr/spkreach/archives.asp (Korean)