Laos 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 prescribes the principles, regulations, and measures relating to the registration of chemical agents, importation, exportation, and transit to implement the Law on Chemical Management No. 07/NA dated 10 Nov 2016. The Decision applies to the individual, enterprise, or organization of both domestic and overseas that conduct the chemical business in Laos.

 

Categories of chemicals

Under the framework of the Law on Chemical Management, hazardous chemicals are classified into 4 groups based on its characteristics and hazard level. Hence, there are 5 categories of chemical agents under regulation as follows:

  1. Hazardous Chemical Type I;
  2. Hazardous Chemical Type II;
  3. Hazardous Chemical Type III;
  4. Hazardous Chemical Type IV
  5. Non-Classified Chemical (including non-hazardous chemical)

 

Registration of chemical agents

All hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals except Type I shall be registered. The application for the registration of chemical agents shall be made by the enterprise that has been registered and granted the chemical business operation. Those who intend to apply for the chemical agent registration shall submit the documents to the Department of Industry and Handicraft in-person or via online that comprised of the following supporting documents:

  1. an application form;
  2. a chemical risk assessment report;
  3. Safety data sheet (SDS) from the manufacturer in Lao or English;
  4. Copies of the enterprise registration, business operating license, or the investment license;
  5. The Certificate of the chemical analysis result from the manufacturer or laboratory in Lao or English in the case of the mixture.

Once the documents have been accepted, the Department of Industry and Handicraft shall issue the Chemical Agent Registration Certificate within 15 working days.

 

License for Import and export of hazardous chemical agents (Type II and Type III)

Importer or exporter of hazardous chemical agents (Type II and Type III) shall be granted permission from the Department of Industry and Handicraft, as well as being certified by the related authorities that regulate that particular chemical agent. The application for the importation and exportation of hazardous chemical agents (Type II and Type III) shall submit the supporting documents to the Department of Industry and Handicraft to request permission for the importation and exportation as the following:

  1. an application form;
  2. Copies of the enterprise registration, business operating license, or the investment license;
  3. Copies of the chemical agent registration certificate;
  4. Quotations and purchase orders;
  5. Copies of the annual needs concerning the importation, production plans, and distribution for exports;
  6. The selling-purchasing contracts between the importers and domestic consumers in case of the importation for direct supply with others;
  7. The Import license from the destination country in case of exportation.

Once the documents have been accepted, the Department of Industry and Handicraft shall issue the Importation or Exportation License within 5 working days.

 

Notification of import and export of hazardous chemical agents (Type IV) and Non-classified chemical agents

Importer or exporter of hazardous chemical agent (Type IV) and non-classified chemical agent shall notify to the Provincial / Capital Department of Industry and Commerce 5 days prior to the import or export. The supporting documents for the notification of import/export are the following:

  1. Reports on the chemical agents to be imported/exported;
  2. Copies of the enterprise registration, business operating license, or the investment license;
  3. Copies of the chemical agent registration certificate;
  4. Quotations and purchase orders;
  5. Copies of the annual needs in case of importation;
  6. Copies of the annual production and distribution plans in case of the exportation;
  7. A selling-purchasing contracts between the importers and the domestic consumers in case of import for direct distributions to others.

The Decision has been effective from the date of signing.

 

Download the original text of the Decision at
http://www.laoofficialgazette.gov.la/kcfinder/upload/files/1204%E0%BA%AD%E0%BA%842020.pdf