On 8 January 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), formerly the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of the People's Republic of China (PRC") published the draft new Regulation on the Environmental Risk Assessment and Control of Chemical Substances (Consultative Draft) (the draft "New Regulation") for public comments until 20 February 2019 (http://www.mee.gov.cn/xxgk2018/xxgk/
The draft New Regulation intends to govern the environmental risk assessment and control of any chemical substance. It is the very first piece of chemical control legislation proposed by the MEE which covers both existing and new chemical substances, after more than a decade during the course of which the chemical control within the ambit of the MEE focused on the new substances. In addition, the draft New Regulation reveals the key changes which might be brought into the PRC new substances management regime. Any company that is manufacturing, processing and using, importing and exporting chemicals in and from the PRC will be affected by the draft New Regulation, and should therefore closely monitor the development of this legislation and take the necessary actions as early as possible.