Philippines Issues Administrative Order on Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds

Posted on: November 25, 2019

by Thuy Dang

November 19, 2019

hazardous chemicals sign - Philippines Issues Administrative Order on Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds On November 8, 2019, the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-17: Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Arsenic and Arsenics compounds. This DAO strictly prohibits applicants (importers, manufacturers, users, distributors, transporters, recyclers, and Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) service providers) from using Arsenic and Arsenic compounds for fertilizers, pesticides, wood preservatives and chemical weapons without registering and/or obtaining the necessary permits or clearances.

A Registration Form for this CCO (Annex A of the DAO) and listed supplemental documents must be submitted to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) from the following entities:

  • Any entity newly involved in the importation, manufacture, distribution and industrial use of the regulated chemicals
  • Any entity with an existing Priority Chemical List (PCL) Compliance Certificate for the regulated chemicals. Affected entities are required to submit the application no later than 30 working days prior to the expiration date of the PCL Certificate.
  • Any entity involved in the transportation, recycling, treatment, storage and disposal of arsenic wastes.

For importation, the following application must be submitted to the EMB 30 working days prior to the import:

  • Completed Importation Clearance Form (Annex B of the DAO)
  • Copy of Environmental Permits such as Hazardous Waste Generator’s ID, Valid Discharge Permit, Valid Permit to Operate, Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC)
  • Copy of registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Copy of Business Permit
  • Copy of SDS from manufacturer (in accordance with GHS requirements)
  • Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds Management Plan (Annex C of the DAO)
  • Contingency Plan
  • Photo of the storage facilities
  • Notarized Certificate of Liabilities to compensate damages
  • Copy of Pollution Control Officer (PCO) Accreditation Certificate
  • Latest self-monitoring report

The DAO also regulates requirements for labeling, manufacturing and training, handling, storage, transport and disposal of Arsenic and its compounds.


Related Information – Drafts Open for Comment

The Philippines DENR and the EMB currently have several draft regulations available for pubic consultation:

  1. 3rd Revised Priority Chemical List (on hold)
  2. Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds
  3. Draft EMB Memorandum Circular (MC) for Inclusion of Distributors and Users on PCL Requirements
  4. Draft EMB MC on Philippines Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances (PICCS) Certificate
  5. Chemical Control Order for Chromium VI and Chromium VI Compounds
  6. Guidelines on the implementation of GHS Classification and Labelling Requirements for chemicals under IATA and IMDG
  7. Draft 2018 PICCS
  8. Clarification of Scope of PCL

Comments on the regulations can be submitted to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) via phone at (02)928-8892 or via e-mail at


DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-17 about Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Arsenic and Arsenics compounds

DENR and EMB draft regulations



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