Malaysia Environmentally Hazardous Substances Notification and Registration (Malaysia EHSNR)

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.

Latest Updates of Malaysia EHSNR 2016

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. 

Purpose of Malayisa EHSNR 2016

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.

Definition of an Environmentally Hazardous Substance (EHS)

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.

Scope of EHSNR

The notification scheme covers:

  • All substances not covered by other notification/registration schemes in Malaysia and meeting GHS classification criteria;
  • Other substances that are considered substances of concern due to properties not covered by the GHS classification scheme;

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 Pesticides Act 1974 (Act 149);
  • The Poisons Act 1952 (Act 366);
  • Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 (Act 641).


Exemptions from EHSNR

The following substances will be exempt from EHSNR:

  • naturally-occurring substances;
  • incidental/end-use reaction products;
  • substances formed during the manufacture of an article;
  • mixtures (but not mixture components);
  • impurities;
  • by-products;
  • non-isolated intermediates;
  • contained site-limited intermediates;
  • transported intermediates;
  • substances manufactured solely for export;
  • substances used in research and development;
  • substances produced for test marketing;
  • low volume substances (<1 tonne per annum);
  • polymers.

Basic Notification vs Detailed Notification

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:

  • EHS Identification;
  • Physical Chemical Properties;
  • Physical Hazards;
  • Hazards to Human Health;
  • Hazards to Aquatic Environment;
  • Overall GHS Classification.

Protection of Confidential Business Info - External 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.

Contact Authority

  • Abdul Mazli Hafiz Bin Abdul Malik
  • Email:
  • Tel: +60-603-8871-2121

Reference & Resources

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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