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Japan to Regulate Three POP Chemicals

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Softlines, Personal and Protective Equipment, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical & Electronics, AutomotiveSeptember 04, 2023

SG 111/23

Japan has announced its designation of methoxychlor, dechlorane plus and UV-328 as Class I Specified Chemical Substances. The provisions are expected to become effective after Autumn 2024.

In May 2023, members of the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-11) on persistent organic pollutants (POP) agreed to, among other things, list methoxychlor (a pesticide), dechlorane plus (flame retardant) and UV-328 (UV-absorber) under Annex A to the Convention for elimination.

In August 2023, the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s (METI) Manufacturing Industries Bureau announced its designation of the aforementioned three POP substances as Class I Specified Chemical Substances under the nation’s ‘Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacture, etc.’ (also known as the Chemical Substances Control Law, CSCL)

The announcement contains several important dates:

  • September 2023: deliberations on import-prohibited products by Japan’s METI, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
  • Winter 2023: reporting to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and public comments on the Draft Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Chemical Substances Control Law
  • Spring 2024: promulgation of the revised cabinet order
  • Autumn 2024: date of applicability

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