Chemical substance control law

With both the EU and Japan now having introduced their own chemical substance registration systems, producers, exporters and importers are faced with re-testing, double submissions and an increased administrative burden to fulfil the respective regulations. Some harmonisation was achieved thanks to the EU-Japan EPA but many areas are still either not harmonised or the registration has to be done separately.


  • Japan and the EU should harmonise their registration systems or mutually recognise test results and supporting documents, and also make certain that products are not classified differently in the two regions.