By Michael Standaert
SHENZHEN, China--China has proposed mandatory requirements for chemical
reagent packaging materials and labeling as part of its implementation of the
U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
The draft requirements from the Standardization Administration of China (SAC)
distinguish between hazardous and non-hazardous chemical reagents.
Packaging for reagents classified as hazardous would have to go through more
stringent performance tests outlined in the draft. Manufacturers, users, and
distributors of the hazardous reagents would have to follow GHS labeling
The draft standard was sent to World Trade Organization's Committee on
Technical Barriers to Trade in late April as part of China's GHS obligations.
WTO is expected to formally accept the regulatory draft within about 90 days
from its submission.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology, and Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine
also jointly released rules on the production and use of paraquat to phase out
the herbicide in the next four years.
According to the notice, applications or licenses for approvals to use,
process, or produce the herbicide will be halted immediately.
Beginning July 1, 2014, existing licenses for manufacturing of paraquat for
export will be revoked. Domestic sale and use of the chemical will be stopped as
of July 1, 2016.
Products containing paraquat will have to meet more stringent labeling
requirements by Jan. 1, 2013, under the new rules.
The Ministry of Agriculture said additional steps, such as adding odor and
chemical agents to paraquat and using smaller bottles, will be required for
health and safety reasons.
The draft proposal for chemical reagent packaging is available, in Chinese,
More information on the restrictions on the use of paraquat is available, in
Chinese, at http://www.moa.gov.cn/zwllm/tzgg/gg/201204/t20120427_2613538.htm.