By Fang Zhong
The first edition of “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals,” which provides a series of unified, standardized test methods for chemical risk assessment, was published in May 2004. With the development of international test technology and Chinese chemical management, CRC (Chemical Registration Center of MEP) published the revised “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals” in 2013. Based on the first edition, 34 testing methods were updated, 68 new testing methods were added and 17 testing methods for physical hazards from the United Nations “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)” were adopted in the new edition.
Because there is quite a lot of content, the revised Guidelines are divided into four volumes, covering186 test methods:
- Volume 1: Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals – Physical-Chemical Properties and Physical Hazards (published in June, 2013. Cost: ￥85). It introduces 23 testing methods which are internationally recognized principles in the field of chemical testing, and includes 17 testing methods for physical hazards from the GHS.
- Volume 2: Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals – Effect on the Biotic System (published in September 2013. Cost: ￥122). It introduces 36 testing methods for identifying a chemical’s effect on organisms and the ecosystem. Representative test organisms include algae, daphnia, fish, enchytraeidae, terrestrial plants and animals, amphibians and microorganisms.
- Volume 3: Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals – Biodegradation/Accumulation (published in September 2013. Cost: ￥115). It introduces 29 test methods for determining chemical degradation and 8 test methods for identifying chemical accumulation which are widely used internationally.
- Volume 4: Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals – Health Effect (published in September 2013. Cost: ￥142). It introduces 73 testing methods which are commonly used to identify and characterize potential hazards of new and existing chemical substances.
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Revised “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals” is to be released. Chinese center for Alternatives Research & Evaluation News. Web. 16, October 2013. (In Chinese)
“Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals” is revised and published by China Environmental Press. Chemical Registration Center of MEP News. Web. 29, September 2013. (In Chinese)
Nadine He. Revised “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals” is published. Chemical News.5 November 2013. (In Chinese)