China Issues List Of Priority Chemicals For Management
On December 27, 2017, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) jointly issued the List of Priority Chemicals for Management (first batch) to control strictly chemicals that are hazardous, persistent, and harmful to the environment and human health. The List is based on the mandate issued by the Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Water Pollution signed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on April 2, 2015.
The production and use of the chemicals on the List are restricted and safer alternatives of these priority chemicals are promoted. A discharge permit is required for producers and operators who directly or indirectly discharge these chemical wastes to water. A mandatory clean manufacturing audit and disclosure to the public are required for manufacturers that use or release these chemicals. These actions are existing risk control/management measures. The substances on the List were immediately added into these measures.