19 July 2018 / CSCL, Japan, New substances, Substance notification & inventories
Japan has published draft "emission factors" that will be used as a benchmark to determine whether new small amount and low-volume chemical substances are exempt from notifications and risk assessments.
From January 2019, production and import of these substances will be regulated based on emissions
rather than volumes of production/importing, according to current proposals.
This novel approach reflects the increasing variety of substances used in Japan, often in small batches. It seeks to maintain a precautionary approach to regulation, while addressing bottlenecks in production caused by unnecessary limits.