The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China released the revised version (the Order No. 7) of the Provisions on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances in 2010. It replaced the old regulation issued in 2003 and came into force on 15 Oct 2010. This regulation is similar to EU REACH and is also known as "China REACH".


Under "China REACH", companies shall submit new chemical substance notification to the Chemical Registration Centre (CRC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection(MEP) for the new chemicals irrespective of annual tonnage, ie chemicals other than the approximately 45,000 substances currently listed on the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC).


The notification not only applies to new substance on its own, in preparation or articles intended to be released, but also applies to new substances used as ingredients or intermediates for pharmaceuticals, pesticides, veterinary drugs, cosmetics, food additives and feed additives, etc.



Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances in China 2013 (IECSC):

  • 45612 substances (42342 with detail informaiton and 3270 confidential): MEP China


New substance:

  •   Notification to the CRC-MEP + Notification Certificate



China Import & Export:

  • List of Toxic Chemicals Severely Restricted to be Imported in or Exported from in China 2012 (~158)


  • List of hazardous chemicals substances on the Legal Inspection Catalogue (~160)
    • Compulsory inspections by China's entry-exit inspection and quarantine administrations (CIQ


  • Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals 


    • The new catalogue was issued in Sep. 2013 by SAWS and it will replace the current list of Hazardous Chemicals (2002). All chemicals which are listed in this catalogue will be subject to the requirements of China's key law on the hazardous chemicals management, Degree 591. Chemicals on the list will need a licence to be produced, used or imported.