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The new information transfer scheme for chemical substances in products


  This page has been launched to publish the outcomes of “FY2014 chemical substance safety project (research program on standardization of information transfer system and its global promotion)” under the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI).
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Background and objective

In recent years, Asian countries like China, India and Thailand advance to control industrial use of chemical substances by introducing and tightening regulations. The trend gains momentum from changes in social and political scenes: economic growth has brought a sense of “quality of life” to each citizen in the region while governments conclude international treaties on chemical control including the Mercury Treaty.

Such regulatory development contributes to consumer protection and environmental conservation on one hand. From industrial point of view, it could pose a significant burden on each player in supply-chain of electric/electronic or automobile industries, which eventually hinder business activities in this region. At the same time, once compliance is achieved, regulations could give strategic advantages to the business in terms of product competitiveness in the global market.

With paying attention to the current situation, METI establishes “study group on chemical regulations and Japan’s business activities in Asian countries” (*1) in FY2013, which considered various issues in business deployment amid ongoing globalization of supply chain while corresponding to evolving chemical regulations in the region. Their discussion has been compiled in the report “A concept of information transfer scheme for chemical substances in products” in March 2014.

In FY2014, in light of the outcome, further discussion focuses on to materialize a new information transfer scheme.

Framework of this program

 

      

 

Members of the Study group for the new scheme for information transfer (*: Chair, **: Vice chair)
(in order of the Japanese syllabary)
Masato Akama Senior Manager
Responsible Care Dept.
DIC Corporation
Masaru Oikawa General Manager
Dept. for Promotion of policy
National Federation of Small Business Associations
Minoru Kagino

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Tetsuji Kawakami**

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Fumitoshi Kojima

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Fumiaki Shono Executive Director
Japan Chemical Industry Association
Akihiro Takemoto

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Satoshi Tokushige General Manager
Chemicals Management Department
Japan Chemical Industry Association
Yasufumi Nakai

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Yuji Noritake

Steering Committee Ad hoc Group Standardization Study Group for Communication of Chemical Substances Information

Kiyoto Furuta* Senior General Manager
Global Environment Center
Canon Inc.
(Japanese VT62474)
Haruki Yamada Senior Environmental Manager
Chemical Management Policy Section
Environmental Management Department
Quality & Environmental Center
Sony Corporation
(Japanese VT62474)

Main issues of discussion

In FY2014, discussions are underway mainly on the following issues:

 

Outcome of discussion

No.

Posted date:

Description:

Comment period ends on:

1

November 17th, 2014

Declarable substances list and reporting threshold value for the new information transfer scheme Outline pdf (174KB)

December 12th, 2014

2

November 17th, 2014

Data entry support tool for the new information transfer scheme Outline pdf (338KB)

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