Gas explosion in Thailand raises concerns about safety

PM ordered an investigation while PTT confirmed full compensation for local communities

Natural gas pipeline owned by PTT Public Company Limited, the energy state enterprise of Thailand, has exploded in the Bang Bo District, Samut Prakan province on 22 October 2020. Three …

China notified WTO a National Standard of the P.R.C.

The “Specification for the Limitation of Harmful Substances Found in Watch Casings Contacting Directly with Skin”

  On September 23, 2020, State Administration for Market Regulation of China submitted a notification, the proposed compulsory “National Standard of P.R.C., Specification for the Limitation of Harmful Substances Found …

Thailand banned import of E-waste

On 14 September 2020, the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand announced “Notification of Ministry of Commerce: Designation of electric and electronic wastes as goods prohibited from import to the Kingdom of …

Seminar on amendment of Law on Chemicals in Vietnam

7 major points discussed, including NCI and chemicals in products (CiP)

On September 17, 2020, at the Movenpick Hanoi Hotel, the Vietnam Chemical Agency (Vinachemia) of Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and the U.S. Export Control and Related Border …

Thailand published Standard of CSR for industry

Department of Industrial Works (DIW), Ministry of Industry, Thailand announced “Notification of Department of Industrial Works (B.E. 2563 (2020)): Standard of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR-DIW)” dated on 2 June 2020. …

Vietnam to strengthen plastic waste management

Prime Minister enacts direction specializing for reuse, recycle, treatment and reduction of plastic waste

On August 20th, 2020, Vietnam legislated the “Directive 33/CT-TTg on strengthening reuse, recycle, treatment and reduction of plastic waste”, setting the policy for promulgating various new regulations or amending existing …

China consumer electronics market report for the first half of 2020

Overview on the consumer electronics market and the sales status

In July 2020, the China Electronics and Information Industry Development Research Institute released “China Consumer Electronics Market Report for the first half of 2020”. The report provides analysis and reporting on the …

Vietnam sets goals and tasks against climate change

Implementation schedule to climate change adaptation for 2021-2030 defined

On July 20, 2020, the Prime Minister Decision “No. 1055/QD-TTg on the national plan for climate change adaptation for the period of 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050” were enacted, …

Thailand bans chlorpyrifos and paraquat

On May 19, 2020, the Thai Ministry of Industry announced “Notification of Ministry of Industry: List of Hazardous Substances (No.6) B.E. 2563 (2020) in the Royal Gazette. In this revision …

Amendment to Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Designation Order in Japan

New substances were added to each category, 2 to the “Poisonous Substances” category and 14 to the “Deleterious Substances” category

In Japan, a decree partially amending the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Designation Order was promulgated in the Official Gazette on June 24, 2020, and came into force on July 1, …