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On 29 November 2017, Japan submitted a notification1 to the World Trade Organization (WTO), to amend the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (Act No. 117 of October 16, 1973, hereinafter referred to as "the Act"). The proposed amendment would designate short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) as class I specified chemical substances under the Act. It also proposed to expand the scope of prohibited products from importation where perfluoro (octane-1-sulfonic acid) (PFOS) and its salts are used.
According to Article 17 and 22 of the Act, once a substance is designated as Class I Specified Chemical Substances, the substance only can be manufactured or imported unless the permission from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry is granted. According to Article 24 of the Act, products cannot be imported, if it is specified by the Cabinet Order of the Chemical Substances Control Law and amendments thereto (1974, Cabinet No. 202, hereinafter referred as “the Cabinet Order”)2 and a class I specified chemical substance is used.
Please refer to the details of the proposed amendment3.
Two substances are newly designated as class I specified chemical substances under the Act
Products to be banned to import, in which SCCPs are used
Products to be banned to import, in which decaBDE are used
Products newly added to be banned to import, in which PFOS and its salts are used
The amendment is expected to be adopted in February 2018 and will come into force on October 2018.
 WTO Notification G/TBT/N/JPN/572
 Cabinet Order of the Chemical Substances Control Law and amendments thereto
 Revision of the “Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.”
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