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by Weisin Chai

On December 29, 2016, Taiwan released the Draft Labeling Criteria for Consumer Chemical Products for public comment. The Draft Labeling Criteria for Consumer Chemical Products was enacted in accordance to Article 11 of the Commodity Labeling Act.

Consumer chemical products, in this standard, refers to chemical products entering the market for display or for sale, and posing physical, health or environmental hazard risks while being used by consumers.

The following label elements are required for chemical products in general:

  • Product name;
  • Manufacturer or appointed manufacturing company's name, address and telephone numbers;
  • For imported products, include the importer's or agent's or dealer's name, address and telephone numbers;
  • Product's place of origin;
  • Main ingredients (if ingredient contributes to major functions of the products, i.e. perfume essences);
  • Product's net weight, volume or other measurements;
  • Manufacturing date and valid dates or valid periods.

Other products that possess physical, health or environmental hazards, shall contain the following additional information on the label:

  • Hazard ingredients;
  • Hazard classification, hazard pictogram, signal word, and hazard statements in reference to the Appendix of the Standards, which is aligned with the Taiwan National Standards of the Republic of China (CNS) 15030 on Classification and Labelling of Chemicals;
  • Precautionary statements;
  • Flash point, for flammable liquid products.

The information mentioned shall be attached on the product, inside or outside of the package, or in the manual.

Hazard pictogram shall provide the symbol in black, with a white background and red border. The size of the pictogram is not specified. A size with an adequate warning effect will be sufficient.

This standard is expected to be effective in two years after it is approved and announced. For further details of the Standard, readers may refer to the websites below.

References:

Taiwan Draft Labeling Criteria for Consumer Chemical Products (available in Chinese (Traditional) only): http://gazette.nat.gov.tw/EG_FileManager/eguploadpub/eg023001/ch04/type3/gov31/num13/Eg.htm
Taiwan Commodity Labeling Act (available in English): http://law.moj.gov.tw/Eng/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?PCode=J0080011
Taiwan National Standards of the Republic of China (CNS) 15030 on Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (available in Chinese (Traditional) only) (available for purchase): http://www.cnsonline.com.tw/

 

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM

On March 28, 2017, the National Standardization Technical Committee on Consumer Product Safety of China published the draft version of a Chinese National Standard, Safety Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products, for public comment.

The Standard prescribes restrictions on the use of 103 categories of harmful substances in consumer products. Consumer products exclude government specially-supervised products, such as food, medicine, cosmetics, tobacco, special equipment, aircraft, ships, and military products.

For the restricted substances that are regulated under existing standards for consumer products in China, the draft Standard adopts the usage restrictions set by the Chinese standards. If China hasn't set safety requirements for the harmful chemicals in consumer products, the new Standard proposes restrictions based on the requirements in the following standards:

* EU REACH Regulations ((EC) NO 1907/2006);

* EN 71-9 Safety of Toys - Part 9: Organic chemical compounds - requirements;

* EN71-12: 2013 Safety of Toys - Part 12: N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances; and

* OEKO-TEX® Standard 100-2017

The public comment period ended on April 15, 2017. The Standard is intended to be finalized as a Recommended National Standard (GB/T).

Reference:

Notice to Solicit Public Comment on Safety Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products (in Chinese): http://www.cnis.gov.cn/wzgg/201703/t20170330_22259.shtml

 

by Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPP, DGSA

In Brazil, the transportation of dangerous goods is regulated under the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT). On December 14, 2016, ANTT approved Resolution 5.232 adopting the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, 19th Revision.

Some of the additions to the Brazilian 2016 Resolution for the Transport of Dangerous Goods include the following:

  • Forty new UN listings,
  • New classification methods,
  • Updates on Lithium batteries, flammable liquid and organic peroxides hazard classes.

Brazil’s resolution also requires safer packaging for certain dangerous goods and new types of labels for the transport of small quantities of dangerous goods.

This update does not immediately update the transport classification requirements under MERCOSUR. Manufacturers, importers and distributors doing business within the MERCOSUR region may encounter a classification issue between MERCOSUR and Brazil’s update, since MECOSUR is under the 9th Revision of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and Brazil will be under the 19th Revision.

The resolution goes into effect July 16, 2017.

The full context and changes proposed in the amendment can be found on Brazil’s National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) website: http://portal.antt.gov.br/index.php/content/view/4961.html

Reference:

National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) website (in Portuguese): http://portal.antt.gov.br/index.php/content/view/4961.html

 

by Yuqing Shi

Our new LOLI Data Analytics App makes it easier for users to quickly estimate the relative regulatory burden of chemical substances. The App also uses chemical fingerprint technology to identify substances with similar properties, which may aid in finding less regulated alternatives. The App is available in both the Apple Store and Google Play, in English and Chinese (Apple Store, Baidu Market, Tencent Market).

How It Works

  • To analyze the level of regulation of a chemical substance, search the CAS number or the name of the chemical substance using the search bar under the Analytics tab. The app will make suggestions to complete your input as you type.
  • If the app finds an exact match for your search, the chemical substance will be added to the “Results” table. If no matches are found, then the app will provide you with several suggestions.
  • The Results will display a colored circle associated with the substance. Substances subject to high levels of regulation display a red circle, while those with medium levels display yellow, and those with low levels display green. As the regulatory burden increases, the size of the circle also grows so you can easily compare two substances within the same category by comparing the relative size of their circle.
  • When a chemical substance is under a high level of regulation, you can find alternatives by clicking on “similar substances.”
  • Adding Results for more substances is easy. You can use the search bar again, select a substance from the search history (simply tap on the substance you want to add), or add directly from the similar substances list (tap on the “+” in the similar substances page).

 

 

Through this app, you can also keep up with our latest blog posts and visit the ChemADVISOR website. For additional information on data analytics, please check our previous post “What is Data Analytics”.