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ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database Officially Launched A shared platform to provide chemical regulatory information in Japan and ASEAN countries

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has co-developed “ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database (AJCSD)” with ASEAN countries under the framework of the AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC). The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) started the full operation of AJCSD on April 28, 2016. The database contains chemical regulatory information of member counties and more information such as GHS classification results and samples of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), all of which are available free of charge.
The database is expected to enhance transparency on current regulations, contribute to reducing compliance risks in chemical industries and harmonize regulatory systems among the countries involved for the future.

1. Background to establishment of the database

In response to a series of studies on chemical safety conducted by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) between 2010 and 2012, to establish a shared database of chemical management for Japan and ASEAN countries was agreed in the 17th meeting of the AMEICC Working Group on Chemical Industry (WG-CI) in 2012, which aimed to provide chemical regulatory information in Japan and ASEAN countries.

2. Establishing the AJCSD

Under the framework of the AMEICC WG-CI, government officials in Japan and ASEAN countries and people involved in the chemical industry gathered together to discuss the structure, contents, and usability of the AJCSD, and they released the trial version of the AJCSD on April 6, 2015. The Technical Working Group (TWG) on the AJCSD considered issues involved in the fully-operational version of the database, and the 21st meeting of AMEICC WG-CI congratulated the launch of full operation version of the AJCSD on April 28, 2016.

The AJCSD contains regulatory information on chemical substances which is directly provided by the governments of Japan and ASEAN member countries. Multiple ASEAN languages and Japanese are available in the top page and in the multilingual search page. Users are able to access the current status of certain regulated chemicals in the countries and lists of the regulated chemicals under the laws of such countries. Besides, the database also stores GHS classification results and sample SDS as reference. The database is expected to contribute to facilitating trades for chemical products between Japan and ASEAN countries. In addition, NITE, which has established and run the NITE Chemical Risk Information Platform (NITE-CHRIP), is the system operator of the AJCSD.

3. Outline of the AJCSD

  • Official name: ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database (AJCSD)
  • URL: http://www.ajcsd.org/external link
  • Available languages: English (Japanese and languages used in ASEAN countries are also available at the top page and the multilingual search page.)
  • Operator: NITE
  • Stored information: General information on chemical substances (names of chemicals, CAS numbers, structural formulas, etc.), chemical regulatory information in Japan and ASEAN countries, risk/hazard information, GHS classification results, and sample SDS
  • User Fees: Free

Release date

May 11, 2016

Division in Charge

Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related Information

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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