In an article published on May 30, 2019, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed about a call to stakeholders from China’s Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center (MEPSCC) for data concerning 24 chemical substances. The Center issued a notice on May 27, 2019, providing a list of the substances and asking for information regarding physical-chemical properties, toxicological data, production and use quantity, use and production methods, and environmental exposure data. Of the 24 substances, the following 17 are included in the FACET inventory of food contact chemicals, and many of which are already classified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) in the European Union:

  • 4,4′-isopropylidenediphenol (CAS 80-05-7)
  • 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (CAS 872-50-4)
  • 4,4′-methylenedianiline (CAS 101-77-9)
  • 4- and 2-methyl-m-phenylene diisocyanate (CAS 584-84-9, 91-08-7)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (CAS 84-74-2)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (CAS 85-68-7)
  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (CAS 117-81-7)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (CAS 84-69-5)
  • 4,4′-methylenebis[2-chloroaniline] (CAS 101-14-4)
  • Toluene (CAS 108-88-3)
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (CAS 115-96-8)
  • Phenol, isopropylated, phosphate (3:1) (CAS 68937-41-7)
  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) (CAS 556-67-2)
  • 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (CAS 732-26-3)
  • 1,4-dichlorobenzene (CAS 106-46-7)
  • N,N-dimethylformamide (CAS 68-12-2)

The MEPSCC is asking for any information to be submitted until August 31, 2019, after which it is reported to begin its own risk assessments. The request follows draft regulation presented earlier that will heavily revise the management of chemicals in China (FPF reported) and implement a requirement for annual reporting of all chemicals regardless of their annual volume.

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Chemical Watch (May 30, 2019). “China seeks risk assessment data for 24 substances.”

MEPSCC (May 27, 2019). “Announcement on the collection of chemical substance hazards and exposure data.” (in Chinese)