Article

Japan Designates Two New Chemicals as Class I Specified Substances under the CSCL

Posted on: March 7, 2018

by Xunyao Fu, PhD.

On February 21, 2018, Japan published an amendment to the Cabinet Order of the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) by Cabinet Order No. 35. Two new chemicals are designated as Class I Specified Substances by this amendment.

Class I Specified Chemical Substances are not easily degradable, highly accumulating and harmful to humans and animals, that are at the top of the food chain, when ingested continuously. These substances shall not be manufactured, imported or used by any person who has not obtained authorization. No one shall import any designated product in which certain Class I Specified Chemical Substance(s) is contained.

The newly added Class I Specified Chemical Substances are: Polychlorinated linear-chain paraffin (limited to those that have 10 to 13 carbon numbers and more than 48 wt% of chlorine content), and 1,1’-Oxybis(2,3,4,5,6-pentabromobenzene) (alias: Decabromodiphenyl ether).

The following products are not permitted for importation (Article 7 of the revised Cabinet Order):

I. Products containing Polychlorinated linear-chain paraffin (limited to those that have 10 to 13 carbon numbers and more than 48 wt% of chlorine content):

  • Lubricating oil, cutting oil and hydraulic oil;
  • Additives to impart flameproofing performance to raw materials;
  • Plasticizer for resin or rubber;
  • Paint, limited to the waterproof and flame retardant types;
  • Adhesives and sealing fillers;
  • Fatliquoring agents for leather.

II. Products containing Decabromodiphenyl ether:

  • Raw materials treated to have flameproofing performance;
  • Additives to impart flameproofing performance to raw materials, resin or rubber;
  • Adhesives and sealing fillers;
  • Floor rugs treated to have flameproofing performance;
  • Curtains treated to have flameproofing performance;
  • Flags or banners treated to have flameproofing performance.

For the current existing Class I Specified Chemical Substance, PFOS, all usages have been modified by the amendment. For more details, please check the published amendment.

{ Recommended Action Items }

  • Review your products to check if they contain the newly added substance(s). If possible, use a substituent.
  • Review the modifications to PFOS.

 

References:

The summary of the amendment can be found on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) website:
The summary of the amendment to the Cabinet Order of CSCL (English) (February 2018)
The summary of the amendment to the Cabinet Order of CSCL (Japanese, 化審法施行令の一部を改正する政令) including the approved amendment (February 2018)
Cabinet Order No. 35 Amendment to the Cabinet Order of CSCL (化審法施行令の一部を改正する政令第三十五号) published on the Japanese Official Gazette (Kanpou, available in Japanese only) (February 2018)


DISCLAIMER

The views, opinions and technical analyses presented here are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of UL LLC. All content is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without prior authorization from UL. While the editors of this site may verify the accuracy of its content from time to time, we assume no responsibility for errors made by the author, editorial staff or any other contributor.