Regulatory Compliance and Distributing the Safety Use Information
In order to achieve the WSSD 2020 Goal and SDGs, many countries are now enacting new laws or renewing regulations related to chemical substance management. Compliance with these laws is the foundation of sustainable business and Mitsui Chemicals implements various measures to ensure our legal compliance. Also, information communication throughout the supply chain is indispensable for chemicals management from product development to disposal (product stewardship). We are making extra efforts to convey information about the safe handling of our products—even beyond attaching the legally-specified Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels.
Compliance with New or Revised Regulations Related to Chemical Substances
Following the EU REACH regulations that systematically changed the chemical management system, many countries are also strengthening their local regulations. A number of revisions to the laws and regulations concerning existing chemical substances will also take place. Led by the Mitsui Chemicals Global Chemical Regulation Compliance Team, in which all business and corporate divisions participate, we constantly investigate and rapidly implement group-wide response measures for these new or revised laws and regulations across the Group. We maintain our systematic approach to adhere to any new or revised laws and regulations in each country.
The amended Act on Registration and Evaluation, etc. of Chemicals came into force in early 2019. This is the Korean version of the REACH regulation that covers existing chemical substances that are manufactured or imported at a mass of one ton or more per year. Including pre-notification, which is a preliminary chemical substances registration, we completed procedures to be compliant with these new regulations by the end of June 2019. We are fully observing the Occupational Safety and Health Act enforced in January 2020.
We are following the new systems that started in April 2020, which require reporting annual manufacturing/import volumes of registered chemical substances.
The TSCA Inventory Notification Requirements rule was implemented under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in August 2017. Mitsui Chemicals has completed the notification of the chemicals that are listed in the existing chemical substances inventory and that were imported or manufactured in the last ten years. We are ensuring that we will conduct Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) in 2020.
A new law similar to the EU REACH regulation was enforced. We are now working toward the preliminary registration that is due by the end of December 2020.
The Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (CSCL) was revised and the criteria of reporting chemical substances in small production volumes was changed in January 2019. The reporting criteria used to be the amount of production or import but now it is based on the amount of emissions. Therefore, we systematically obtained usage information for our products from customers and completed the designated report.
Through its industry initiatives, Mitsui Chemicals collects the latest information on chemical regulations across the world, which in turn contributes to product stewardship in the chemical industry. Collaborating with chemical companies across the world through industry organizations such as the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), we are working to resolve problems surrounding chemical substances. In Japan, we continuously and promptly obtain the latest regulatory information through the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) and play an important role as a chemical management specialist. In revising the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.(CSCL), we participated in the Policy Coordinating Committee under the JCIA, negotiating for the changes to be applied in an efficient and effective manner.
Establishing Global Networks
We reach out to obtain legal information from each country to maintain our compliance with local laws and regulations. Mitsui Chemicals dispatches Regulatory Experts to our affiliate companies in the U.S., Germany, China, Taiwan, and Thailand, to gather information related to chemical regulations, such as how the local authorities operate, and local chemical industry policies. These experts attend the annual Regulatory Expert Meeting to discuss issues they have identified.
Chemical Product Safety Information System
Thorough data management is important to manage chemical substances following the legal requirements. Mitsui Chemicals handles data on the chemicals contained in products and materials in an integrated manner using Mitsui Chemicals Safety Information System (MiCSIS). MiCSIS is used to confirm legal compliance with domestic and foreign regulations, manage production/import quantities, create multilingual SDSs and product labels, and link to chemSHERPA* in a prompt and secure manner. We also extended the use of MiCSIS to affiliate companies in Japan from fiscal 2019 in order to reinforce data management across the Group.
Registering chemical substances and chemical products is just a beginning in any country, and our efforts to manage such chemicals never end—even after the products are introduced to the market. Understanding the chemicals in our products in full through MiCSIS, we respond promptly to any regulatory changes after the market launch of our products.
Chemical information Sharing and Exchange under Reporting Partnership in supply chain.
A scheme for conveying information about chemical substances contained in products. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is developing and promoting this scheme in aims of having the scheme utilized globally.
Providing the Latest Safety Data
Mitsui Chemicals attaches SDSs to all products regardless of legal requirements or the presence of hazardous chemicals (excluding some molded items) to communicate accurate safety information. Some products also come with extra information that supplements the SDSs.
We are continuously improving the quality of SDSs to distribute the latest chemical information to our customers. For this purpose, legal regulations and hazard information in different countries is managed by MiCSIS in an integrated manner. MiCSIS is capable of creating SDSs suitable for different regions, including Japan, Europe, the US, Korea, Taiwan, and China. In fiscal 2019, we newly created SDSs for Thailand, one of our major export destinations.