By Thuy Dang
On September 15, 2016, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) published a “National Chemical Inventory” for public feedback. This “National Chemical Inventory” is still a work in progress and according to the Law of Chemicals, is defined as a “list of chemicals currently used in Vietnam under government regulations.” The draft will be generated from existing evaluations of regulated chemicals and newly collected data from public consultation.
With the assistance of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the MOIT collected data from Vietnamese-based industrial companies who have been either manufacturing or importing chemicals. From this survey, over 3000 chemicals (with CAS numbers) were identified for inclusion on the draft inventory.
A first public consultation period, which ended on 30 October 2016, was held in order to gather additional information from enterprises. For chemicals that were not in the draft inventory, enterprises had an opportunity to file a form with the government. For mixtures with distinct features, lists of single substances with their relative percentage concentrations (to ensure confidentiality) could be reported. It is not known if additional consultation periods will be held.
According to MOIT, after the final National Chemical Inventory is issued, chemicals not listed on it will be considered new, and enterprises will have to perform assessments as well as register the new substance(s) prior to any public usage.
Center of Data and Chemical Incident Support – CECHEDAR. Public comments on Draft Inventory Compilation. September 15th 2016.