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Chemical Management Safety Cefic: China's New Substance Guide Is Insufficient

| Editor: Manja Wühr

In the aftermath of the explosion in Tianjin agencies from around the world have been working to create a better methodology for chemical management safety. Now Cefic claims that China’s new substance notification guide brings better transparency towards the descriptions for toxicokinetics.

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Cefic officials has claimed that China’s new substance notification guide brings better transparency towards the descriptions for toxicokinetics.
Cefic officials has claimed that China’s new substance notification guide brings better transparency towards the descriptions for toxicokinetics.
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Brussels/Belgium – According to International Chemicals Management Manager Adriana Jalba, “...industry and regulators need improved guidance to clarify when it can use data waiving or modelling…”, advising that there is still work to be done.

Cefic officials further stated that it is not entirely clear how China would handle notifications of newer substances in articles that would be published. While Ms. Jalba did state that in an English translation she viewed that “new chemical substances in articles that may lead to environmental and/or human exposure must be notified”, she elaborated that the article did not explicitly define the exposure.

While Chinese officials have made strides to improve chemical safety and management, it is clear that there is still quite a bit of work to be done. Pressure from the international community has awakened China to the need for a better system at home so that their international trade can remain healthy.

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