by Dima Gärtner and Ghassan Zughaib
Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently published a proposal to establish an industrial chemical registration scheme that will apply to all Israeli manufacturers and importers of chemicals and chemical mixtures. The law was proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and is open for public consultation until October 22, 2020
The proposed law has three major components:
- Creation of an existing chemical inventory which will require the submission of minimal information on chemicals produced or imported in Israel at quantities greater than 10 tonnes per year. This will include the chemical identities and selected physical properties, quantities and uses.
- Risk assessment performed on selected chemicals according to criteria proposed in the new law. The risk assessment will factor in existing assessments and recommendations for the regulation of chemicals elsewhere in the world such as Europe, USA, and Australia.
- Risk management by establishing limits or prohibitions to reduce the risk from exposure to the identified chemicals either from the production process or the daily use through the disposal at the end of its chemical life cycle.
The proposed effective date is March 1, 2023, and if enacted, manufacturers and importers will have until September 1, 2024 to submit the required data and register the substances.
Similar to the Toxic Substance Control Act of the US, there will be two sets of chemicals: existing and new. For new chemicals that are manufactured or imported into Israel, the Israeli entity that will be responsible for handling said chemical will have to register it 30 days prior to its manufacture or importation.
The threshold for exemption from registration is 10 tonnes per year.
A list of exceptions will be established to the obligation to register and will be specified in the definition “a chemical must be registered”. The exceptions are divided into four main groups:
- Substances that are regulated according to the provisions of another law according to Part A of the Second Schedule
- Substances whose level of risk is known and insignificant according to Part B of the Second Schedule
- Materials of natural origin according to Part C of the Second Schedule.
- Polymers with the exception of free monomers in concentrations of 2% or higher
Schedule I and II of existing Israeli regulation, Hazardous Materials Law 1993, can be found in databases like LOLI. Other existing regulatory mechanisms will be used by regulators to establish measures to prevent risks, restrictions and prohibitions on the production, import, marketing, storage and use of chemicals.
Public comment closed on this proposed law on October 22, 2020.
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Watch this space for an update whenever the draft regulation becomes final.
Ministry of Justice, Israel – https://www.tazkirim.gov.il/s/tzkirim?language=en_US&tzkir=a093Y00001Rdkz8QAB
Israel, Industrial chemicals, Registration, Risk Assessment
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