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Singapore Regulates Five Hazardous Chemicals

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SG 079.22

Singapore has issued two amendments on the control of five hazardous chemicals. These will become operative on March 1, 2023.

On May 31, 2022, Singapore published two amendments under its Environmental Protection and Management Act 1999 (EPMA) to regulate five hazardous chemicals and products containing such chemicals. These two amendments are:

Economic operators (importers, manufacturers and distributors) of these five chemicals and products containing these chemicals will be required to apply for a Hazardous Substance (HS) license/permit for their import, export, sale, storage or use. It is important to note that Part 1 of the Second Schedule of EPMA does not provide exclusions for these five chemicals – in effect, these chemicals are prohibited.

The five chemicals from the two amendments and their potential applications are summarized in Table 1.


Hazardous Substance

Potential Application (non-exhaustive)



  • Pesticide


Dechlorane Plus

  • Flame retardants in polymeric systems, including:
    • Thermoplastics (e.g. acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), natural rubber, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polypropylene (PP) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) block copolymer
    • Thermosets (e.g. epoxy and polyester resins, polyurethane (PU) foam, polyethylene (PE), PU rubber, silicone rubber and neoprene)


  • Fungicide

Nonylphenol NP) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE)1

  • Leather and textile processing
  • Manufacture of detergents
  • Paints, lacquers and varnishes
  • Antioxidants and plasticizers in plastics
  • UV absorber in transparent plastics, coatings and personal care products

Table 1

According to the Order and the Regulations, these will become effective on March 1, 2023.

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