Global Registration Deadlines Approach
>> June 10, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is advancing new policy while chemical registration deadlines loom around the world. ILMA’s Global Affairs and Trade Committee discussed the latest developments during its meeting at ILMA ReEngage in Orlando, Florida, last week.  

In the U.S., the EPA is advancing policy to deny low-volume exemptions to TSCA registration for new substances in categories of concern, explained Jim Eggenschwiler, principal, global trade and chemical regulations services at SafeBridge Consultants Inc. The agency wants to attach Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) to every chemical, he added.

The registration of existing chemical substances in South Korea, which has been discussed for several years, is now underway, he reported. December 31, 2021, is the registration deadline for all chemicals imported at 1,000 metric tons per year or more, as well as all chemicals classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR).

Eggenschwiler also warned companies shipping materials to China to conduct in-depth research on their trading partners, as the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control requires a license for materials that could come into possession of a Chinese distributor or manufacturer that works with a Chinese military company.

Registration has begun for Turkey’s KKDIK (the country’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals program), with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2023. The registration consortia are mostly formed with most lead registrants appointed, Eggenschwiler said. 

Vietnam reopened the 6th supplementation window for its draft National Chemical Inventory in October 2020 and accepted submissions through April. Next the country will form its chemical inventory and publish it, likely by the end of this year.