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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Ministry of the EnvironmentCabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.

On March 14, 2014, the Cabinet decided to approve the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Order for Enforcement of the Act”).

The Cabinet Order is to designate endosulfan and hexabromocyclododecane as Class I Specified Chemical Substances* under the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) and also to designate certain products using hexabromocyclododecane as those subject to import embargoes.

*Note: Class I Specified Chemical Substances are toxic chemical substances which are persistent, highly-accumulative, and toxic over a prolonged period, and which are also chronically toxic if predator animals at a higher trophic level ingest them. The Act requires entities to gain permission before manufacturing and importing designated substances, which are prohibited in principle, limits the use of the substances, and bans imports of certain products designated by cabinet orders.

1. Outline of the revision

The revised Order for Enforcement of the Act is to additionally designate “6,7,8,9,10,10-Hexachloro-1,5,5a,6,9,9a-hexahydro-6,9-methano-2,4,3-benzodioxathiepine = 3-oxide” (also known as “endosulfan” or “benzoepin”) and “hexabromocyclododecane” as Class I substances under the Act (Article 1 of the Order for Enforcement of the Act).

As a result, METI will take a measure for requiring entities that intend to manufacture or import these two substances to obtain prior permission.

In addition, the revised Order for Enforcement of the Act is to designate the following four products in which hexabromocyclododecane is used as those subject to import embargoes (Article 7 of the Order for Enforcement of the Act):

[i] Flame retardant textile
[ii] Chemicals for flame-retardant treatment for textile
[iii] Expandable polystyrene for flame-retardant EPS*
[iv] Flame-retardant curtains

* EPS refers to expanded polystyrene.

2. Future schedule

Promulgation:
March 19, 2014 (pending)
Enforcement:
[i] Designation of endosulfan and hexabromocyclododecane as Class I Specified Chemical Substances under the Act: May 1, 2014
[ii] Designation of four products using hexabromocyclododecane as the subject to import embargoes: October 1, 2014

Release Date

March 14, 2014

Division in Charge

Chemical Safety Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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