In an article published on July 27, 2017 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, editor Nick Hazlewood reported on the progress of Brazil’s planned industrial chemicals regulation. The Brazilian National Chemical Safety Agency (CONASQ) is currently evaluating the responses it received to a consultation held on the draft regulation in 2016, Hazlewood informed. The draft encompasses provisions regarding the registration, evaluation, and control of chemicals. In addition, it outlines “plans to establish a national chemicals register and technical committees for selecting substances and imposing regulatory measures.” After consideration of all of the responses, CONASQ “will approve the final text of an amended draft law” which will then be reviewed by different ministers before sending it to the Brazilian Congress. The draft law must then be submitted to parliamentary commissions, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, before it can be sent to the President of the Republic. Brazil has specific regulatory schemes in place for e.g. pesticides, sanitizers, food additives, medicines, and cosmetics, Hazlewood explained. However, 10-15,000 substances “are placed on the national market and used without any kind of monitoring or systematic control of public power.”

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Nick Hazlewood (July 27, 2017). “Brazil moves forward on industrial chemicals regulation.Chemical Watch