Bangladesh publishes E-waste Management Rule

Including collection targets and RoHS provisions for 10 substances

On June 10, 2021, Bangladesh’s Department of Environment (DOE) published the Hazardous Waste (e-waste) Management Rules, 2021 under the Bangladesh Environmental Protection Act, 1995. The E-waste rule covers the products …

Thailand, Domestic Waste in COVID Situation

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered changes in how societies operate. In February 2020, no one would have imagined that we could face such a situation, where entire white-collar workforce in …

Singapore revises MEPS rules for VRF Air Conditioners

On April 1, 2021, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore implemented the “Energy Conservation (Regulated Goods and Registered Suppliers) (Amendment) Regulations 2021” and the “Energy Conservation (Prescribed Regulated Goods) …

Philippines DOE publishes implementing guidelines of energy labeling rules

Air conditioners, refrigerators, television sets, and lighting products are subject to the guidelines

On June 3, 2021, Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines published the implementing guidelines of the “Philippine Energy Labeling Program (PELP)” for air conditioners, refrigerators, television sets, and lights …

China revises energy efficiency labeling rules for five products

three-phase motors, transformers, fans, TVs and set-top boxes

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and State Administration for Market Regulation on May 17 published five sets of revised Energy Efficiency Labeling Implementation Rules (the “Rules”; 能源效率标识实施规则) for small …

Product Designs in India

In India, as in other countries, standards are issued to provide specifications for any goods, which are operated on a voluntary basis. However, based on enforceable laws and regulations such …

China Accelerates Plastic Regulations

Since Revision of Solid Waste Pollution Control Law in 2020

China, aiming to enter the world market as an economic powerhouse, has raised the need for domestic production of technology in its five-year plans since 20 years ago, even in …

Chemical inventory development in Vietnam

Another Resurrection?

The most important point of the future chemical management system in Vietnam is the development of an inventory for existing chemical substances and the regulations for new chemical substances, but …

Indonesia, Waste management

In general, emerging countries face a problem of increased waste, due to the accelerated material consumption led by economic growth. Indonesia is no exception. In addition to increased municipal waste, …

Indonesia, Chemicals Control

Currently Indonesia regulates chemical substances based on their hazards, rather than their risks. The country designates hazardous and toxic substances to be regulated as “B3,” which is an abbreviation in …

Expansion of Labeling and SDS Issuance Obligations in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced estimated schedule for Expansion of substances subject to labeling and SDS issuance that will require mandatory measures

On February 15, 2021, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) held a meeting of the Risk Assessment Working Group of the Study Group on the Management of Chemical …

MOE of Japan Starts Study on Water Quality Control of PFHxS

The draft policy for the water quality control of PFHxS is presented against the background of the latest developments in the POPs Convention

On February 26, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) deliberated on the revision of the environmental standard values for hexavalent chromium and the position of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) in the …

Philippines, Water Management

Republic Act No. 9275, An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Water Quality Management and for other Purposes or more widely known as the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” is …

Philippines, Chemical Regulations

Regulation of chemicals and hazardous and nuclear wastes in the Philippines started in 1990 with the passage of Republic Act 6969 (RA 6969), or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and …

Taiwan, RoHS

On July 30, 2013, the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs Standards Inspection Bureau released CNS 15663 “Guidance to reduction of the restricted chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment”, which …

Thailand publishes 4th draft of Chemical Law

The fourth draft of the proposed new Chemical Law of Thailand, which is intended to replace the existing Hazardous Substance Act was released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), …

Laos announces a procedure for chemical registration

For implementation of the Chemical Law established in 2016

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR established the “Decision on the Registration of chemical agents, importation, exportation, and transit No. 1204/ MOIC.DIH” on 24 December 2020. The Decision …