Saudi Arabia publishes its own version of RoHS

Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has published on July 9th 2021 a regulation that restricts the levels of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and …

Laos regulates lead in paints

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR established “Decision on the Control of Lead Element in Paints or Coating Products No. 4566/MONRE” on 23 August 2021 and announced …

China publishes draft revision of noise pollution control law

Noise limits set for electrical equipment, other machines

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published a draft revision of the Noise Pollution Control Law (噪声污染防治法) to solicit comments after deliberating on the revision. Comments will be …

Philippines guides GHS implementation for mixtures

On May 27, 2021, the Philippines enacted the “EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-09: Guidelines in the implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Classification and Labeling Requirements for chemical mixtures”. All …

Thailand sets out MEPS for washing machines

Ministry of Industry of Thailand set out a minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) for household washing machines by publishing “Ministerial Regulation regarding designation of washing machines for household use as …

China releases draft guideline for consumer goods

To determine the maximum allowable content of chemical substances in consumer goods

On August 20, 2021, the China Consumer Goods Safety Standardization Technical Committee released the draft of a recommended national standard (GB/T) – “Guideline for setting limits of chemical substances in …

Singapore announces public consultation on new regulations for five chemicals

NEA intends to add five substances under review in the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Conventions into the Environmental Protection and Management Act

On August 30, 2021, the National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA) released a proposal of national legislations for five chemicals that are being reviewed as new controlled substances in the …

India reveals draft standard for Toluene Diisocyanate

Comments invited until September 1, 2021

On August 2, 2021, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) announced a draft standard specifying requirements, sampling and test methods for toluene diisocyanate (TDI-80), and is inviting comments until September …

Laos publishes a regulation on pollution control

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR established “Decision on the Pollution Control No. 1687/MONRE” on 7 April 2021 and announced in the official gazette on 12 July …

Beijing issues water consumption standards for vehicle production

Water intake calculation method, two levels of water allowances, etc. introduced for aiming water conservation

The Beijing Municipal Administration for Market Regulation on June 21 issued local standards called the “Norm of water intake—Part 15: Vehicle manufacturing” (DB11/T 1764.15—2021). These standards are put into effect …

Official report on CCUS development in China released

Analysis of current and future situation of CCUS in China

The Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, a branch of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, released on July 23 the 2021 Annual Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage …

China publishes drafts on 5 compulsory national standards

Including “Household and similar electrical appliances general requirements-Product safety”

On July 22, 2021, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published drafts on 5 compulsory national standards, including “Household and similar electrical appliances general requirements-Product safety” and launched …

METI Releases Sixth Strategic Energy Plan (Draft)

Four years after the previous plan was formulated, it is now being revised

On July 21, 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) released the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan (Draft). This plan is the basic guideline for the government’s medium- to …

Thailand issues draft plan for integrated management of WEEE

Aiming for 10% home appliance recycling rate by 2026

On July 19, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment published on its website a draft action plan for integrated management of waste electrical …

Vietnam amends penalty rules over environmental violations

New decree issued to amend and supplement the Decree No. 155/2016/ND-CP on administrative penalties in the field of environmental protection

On May 21, 2021, the Vietnamese government promulgated the Decree No. 55/2021/ND-CP on the Amendments and Supplements to the Decree No. 155/2016/ND-CP on Administrative Penalties for Violations in the Field …

Indonesia publishes new regulations on chemical imports

Importers of hazardous chemicals are required to obtain the recommendation letter from the Ministry of Industry

On July 13, 2021, the “Regulation of the Minister of Industry No. 13 of 2021 on the Recommendation of the Importation of Hazardous substances” was enacted in Indonesia and came …

Thailand IEAT updates PSM regulations

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) published two notifications regarding PSM, process safety management, in the Royal Gazette on 12 July 2021 by virtue of the Industrial Estate Authority …

Malaysia launches masterplan for low carbon cities

9 key directions and 24 key action plans are set

On July 13, 2021, the Malaysian Low Carbon Cities Conference (MyL3C) with the theme “Empowering Cities Towards a Low Carbon Pathway” was held in Malaysia and attended by 500 people …

Thailand updates cosmetics regulations

The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand published three notifications regarding cosmetics in the Royal Gazette on 21 June 2021. The notifications restrict chemical ingredients used for the production of …

Philippines publishes draft on mercury regulation for medical devices

Thermometers, sphygmomanometers and dental restorative materials are covered

On July 14, 2021, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines published a draft circular entitled “Banning of all Mercury-Containing Thermometers, Sphygmomanometers, Dental Amalgam Capsules and Liquid Mercury for …

Thailand bans import of plastic wastes within 5 yrs

The Pollution Control Department (PCD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand established a “Notification of Pollution Control Department regarding the Definitions of Plastic Wastes and Plastic Scraps B.E. …

Roadmap to become carbon neutral by 2065 in Malaysia

Shell Malaysia published “The Tree, The Sky, The Sun: A Pathway towards Malaysia’s Carbon Neutral Future”

On July 6, 2021, Shell Malaysia, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, held an online forum on a booklet entitled “The Tree, The Sky, The Sun: A Pathway towards Malaysia’s …

China announces legislative plan for 2021

Regulations on groundwater and carbon trading are under consideration

The General Office of China’s State Council on May 27 announced its legislative plan for 2021. The plan contains 18 draft laws to be submitted to the congress as well …