On July 9, 2021, the General Department of Chemicals of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) of Vietnam released a draft decree to partially amend the Governmental Decree 113/2017/ND-CP on the details of the Law on Chemicals. The draft decree stipulates various amendments, including the addition of regulated chemicals under POPs convention, the designation of chemicals requiring special controls upon import, the establishment of concentration cut-off value for regulated chemicals, and supplements on exemption.
You can download the draft on the following page:
The main contents of this proposal are as follows.
- Addition of banned chemicals
12 substances regulated by the Chemical Weapons Convention will be added to the list of banned chemicals of Annex III.
- Addition of restricted chemicals
The following six substances regulated by the Stockholm Convention will be added to the list of restricted chemicals of Annex IV:
Hexabromocyclododecane, Chlordecone, Pentachlorobenzene (PeCB), Polychlorinated naphthalene (PCN) Decabromodiphenyl ether (DBDE), Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts
- Designation of chemicals requiring special controls upon import
Nitrous oxide, cyanide, mercury and mercury compounds will be newly designated as chemicals subject to special control at the time of import. After these chemicals are declared for import, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) will determine their compliance and notify the results. The annual import volume will be taken into account in the determination.
- Establishment of concentration cut-off value
Although it was not specified in the current Decree No. 113/2017/ND-CP, the concentration cut-off value of the mixture to be regulated will be specified. Specifically, conditional chemicals, restricted chemicals, and chemicals to be declared will not be regulated if their concentration is less than 0.1%.
- Change in annual reporting deadlines for chemical activities
Entities engaged in various chemical activities (manufacturing, trading, and use) must submit the results of the previous year’s activities to local authorities by January 15 of each year. In the proposed amendment, this deadline will be changed to February 15.
- Changes in GHS classification categories
On the following page, you can see the current legal systems on chemical management in Vietnam: