Introduction of New GHS System

China is poised to adopt the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 8 through the General Specifications, known as GB 30000.1. This updated GHS system will introduce a new hazard class for desensitized explosives, enhancing safety standards in chemical management.

Release of Draft GB 30000.1 Rules

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China unveiled the draft of GB 30000.1 Rules for the categorization and labeling of chemicals (Part 1: General specifications) on March 12, 2024. This draft is now open for public review and feedback until April 12, 2024.

Key Features of the Draft

GB 30000.1 aims to replace the existing GB 13690-2009 General criteria for the classification and communication of chemical hazards. It encompasses the classification and labeling aspects of the GHS system, excluding specific categories such as purposefully consumed medications, food additives, cosmetics, and leftover pesticides in food.

Purpose and Scope

The draft seeks to align China's chemical classification and labeling standards with international norms, fostering global harmonization and facilitating trade. By incorporating GHS Revision 8, China aims to enhance the safety and transparency of chemical handling practices within its borders.

Call for Public Feedback

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide their insights and suggestions on the draft GB 30000.1, ensuring that the finalized regulations effectively address industry needs while upholding safety and environmental standards. This collaborative approach underscores China's commitment to robust and inclusive regulatory frameworks in chemical management.


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