The following two regulations on chemical substances management were promulgated in Singapore on July 12, 2019.
- Environmental Protection and Management Act (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2019 (“the Order”)
- Environmental Protection and Management (Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (“the Regulations”)
The first regulation adds a total of 10 substances (listed below) to the list of controlled substances specified in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection and Management Act , including controlled substances or substances under consideration for control under the Stockholm Convention, such as pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), and substances under consideration for control under the Rotterdam Convention, such as benzidine, acetochlor and amitrazine.
- Benzidine and its salts
- Bis (chloromethyl) ether
- Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds
- Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts, and PFHxS-related compounds
In addition, there are requirements for controlled substances under the Environmental Protection and Management Act, such as the requirement that a license be required for their import. Further, the exempted uses specified in Part 2 of Schedule 2 have been partially revised. The Order came into effect on February 12, 2020.
The second regulation, on the other hand, adds new substances to the list of controlled substances provided for in the Schedule to the “Environmental Protection and Management (Hazardous Substances) Regulations”. The substances added are substantially similar to the above Order, such as PFOA, PFHxS, benzidine, acetochlor, and amitrazine, etc. For controlled substances under the Environmental Protection and Management (Hazardous Substances) Regulations, requirements are imposed on activities such as the transportation and storage of hazardous substances, and there is a requirement for an emergency response plan in the event of an accident. The Regulations came into effect on February 12, 2019.