Little Pro on 2016-01-04
Malaysia's Environmentally Hazardous Substances Notification and Registration (EHSNR) scheme started in 2009 as a voluntary scheme. Since it has never been written into a law, it remains as voluntary and industries can continue to do the registration and notification on a voluntary basis up to date.
EHSNR encourages manufacturers and importers of environmentally hazardous substances (EHS) to submit EHS notifications to the Department of Environment (DoE) when the substances are manufactured or imported above certain amounts.
According to ChemicalWatch, Malaysia’s Environmentally Hazardous Substances Notification and Registration (EHSNR) scheme is to become mandatory. The Department of Environment (DoE) is currently finalizing the framework of regulations with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DoSH) and planning to build a joint national chemical inventory.
The objective of EHSNR is to collect information from industry about the hazardous substances that are on the Malaysian market by introducing a notification requirement for such substances manufactured in or imported to Malaysia.
EHSNR will provide necessary information that will enable the Department of Environment(DoE) to establish the Malaysian Chemicals Register and work with other agencies to identify substances of concern in the country.
An EHS is a substance that is included in the EHS Reference List, or if not on the list, must be assigned a hazard category under the GHS classification scheme, as implemented by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia.
There are over 3,800 substances on the EHS Reference List. The list can be found here.
The notification scheme covers:
The notification requirement does not apply to substances for which information is already submitted to a Government agency in Malaysia by means of other legislations. This regards substances notified/registered under the following legislations:
The following substances will be exempt from EHSNR:
For substances listed on the EHS Reference List or CMR Reference List, companies only need to submit basic notification which requires limited info such as substance identity, form, volume, or uses, etc.
Substances which are not listed on the EHS Reference List or CMR Reference List are subject to detailed notification. The following extra information is required for detailed notification:
"External Notification" is a module developed by DOE to allow the submission from the overseas suppliers (third party) due to the Confidential Business Information (CBI). In this module, local registered companies can register their overseas suppliers in the system in case that the substances are classified as confidential by the overseas suppliers. This is only applicable to substances that required detailed notification.
Once registered in the system, a notification email with given username and password will be forwarded to the overseas suppliers. The submission done by the overseas suppliers will be directed to DOE and the local companies will be informed about the submission date and status by logging in the system.
Click here to access all references and resources for Malaysia including the English translation of regulations, regulatory lists and useful links to the websites of competent authorities.
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