Philippines Philippines publishes Rules regulating chemicals that can be used as explosive ingredients

32 chemicals to be regulated

Philippines publishes Rules regulating chemicals that can be used as explosive ingredients

In the Philippines, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on controlled chemicals (hereinafter referred to as the Rules) were published in the Official Gazette on July 25, 2016. The Rules regulate the manufacture, trade, import, export, transportation, and storage of the substances covered. The Rules shall take effect 15 days from its publication in the Official Gazette and upon submission to the University of the Philippines Law Center.


Controlled chemicals

The substances covered by the Rules are defined as “controlled chemicals,” which are chemicals that can be used for the manufacture of explosives and explosive ingredients. Specifically, there are 32 controlled chemicals specified in Annex A of the Rules, which are classified into two categories: high risk (15 chemicals) and low risk (17 chemicals). The following chemicals, for example, are designated as controlled chemicals.

Chemical name

Cas No.

High-risk controlled chemicals
Ammonium Nitrate 6484-52-2
Calcium Nitrate 10124-37-5
Magnesium Perchlorate 10034-81-8
Sodium Nitrate 7631-99-4
Low-risk controlled chemicals
Aluminum Granular/Powder 7429-90-5
Barium Chlorate 10294-40-3
Ferric (III) Nitrate 782-61-8
Sulfur Flakes/Powder 7704-34-9


Acquisition of a license

Any person or entity engaged in the manufacture, trade, or purchase of controlled chemicals shall secure a license. In addition to duly accomplished application form, documents required for the issuance of a license include a business permit, process flowchart (for manufacturers and purchasers only), Safety Data Sheet (SDS) of controlled chemicals to be provided by the supplier, and vicinity map of the factory and storage facility showing distance from the nearest Police Headquarters.


Regulations on the importation of controlled chemicals

Importation is regulated in Section 5.6 of the Rules. Any licensed persons or entities desiring to import restricted chemicals and are located in Metro Manila shall submit their application to the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), an internal unit of the PNP. If the applicant is located outside Metro Manila, the application should be submitted to the Provincial Director of Police Provincial Offices or City Director of City Police Office.


The original text of the Rules can be downloaded from the following URL.

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AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

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Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
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- Chemical regulations consulting


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AOKI Kenji