China Hazardous Chemical Inventory

This article is updated on 19 August 2015

Current valid version: China Hazardous Chemical Inventory 2015

On 9 March 2015, The Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals (2015) has been officially published, which was prepared by The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), The Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT), The Ministry of Public Safety (MPS), The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), The Ministry of Transport (MOT), The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), The Railway Administration of China (RAC) and The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). 

There are 2828 entries have been included in this inventory. Catalog 2015 will enter into force on 1 May 2015 and replace hazardous chemical catalog 2002 accordingly.

Please click Version 2015 for more information about the original official Notice.

Old Inventory Version: Version 2002, Draft version 2013.

It has been 11 years since Hazardous chemical inventory (Catalog of Hazardous Chemical) version 2002 has been published on 24 February 2003. The final version 2015 has been modified based on draft version 2013 and deliberated for 2 years. Draft version 2013 has been published on 28 September 2013, which includes 3834 entries and criteria for determining hazardous chemicals. A general compare has been listed as follows:

Version Criteria Entries
Version 2002 No 3834
Draft version 2013 Yes 2936
Version 2015 Yes 2828
Compared to Draft version 2013, the final version (2015) deleted approximately 100 chemicals and keeps the determination criteria unchanged. Please find following criteria for your reference.

Criteria of Classification of Hazardous Chemical in China
1. Physical Hazard
Explosives: Unstable explosives, Division 1.1-1.4;
Flammable gases: Category 1-2, chemically unstable gases Category A, B
Aerosols: Category 1
Oxidizing gases: Category 1
Gases under pressure: Compressed gas, Liquefied gas, refrigerated liquefied gases, Dissolved gas;
Flammable liquids: Category 1-3;
Flammable solids: Category 1-2;
Self-reactive substances and mixtures: Type A, B, C, D and E;
Pyrophoric liquids: Category 1;
Pyrophoric solids: Category 1;
Self-heating substances or mixtures: Category 1-2; Substances and mixtures which in contact with water emit flammable gases: Category 1-3;
Oxidizing liquids: Category 1-3;
Oxidizing solids: Category 1-3;
Organic peroxides: Type A, B, C, D, E, F;
Corrosive to metals: Category 1;
2. Health Hazard
Acute toxicity: Category 1-3;
Skin corrosion/irritation: Category 1A, 1B, 1C, Category 2;
Serious eye damage/eye irritation: Category 1, 2A, 2B;
Respiratory or skin sensitisation: Resp.sens 1A, 1B, Skin sens 1A, 1B;
Germ cell mutagenicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2
Carcinogenicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2;
Reproductive toxicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2, additional (effects on/via lactation);
Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure: Category 1-3;
Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure: Category 1-2;
Aspiration hazard: Category 1;
3. Environmental Hazard
Hazardous to aquatic environment - acute toxicity: Category 1-2;
Hazardous to aquatic environment - chronic toxicity: Category 1-3;
Hazardous to the ozone layer: Category 1;
Please note, classification criteria will be different between China GHS and other countries’ GHS Regulations. Please refer to above determination criteria based on China GHS Classification system.

EN version of Hazardous Chemical Inventory 2015

If you would like to get the English version of the new Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals(2015) and find out all the differences between Catalog(2002) and Catalog(2015),please complete this order form and send it to given mailbox or

Obligations for substance/mixture listed in Hazardous Chemical Inventory 2015

  • Safety evaluation report
  • Production license, safe use permit, operating license
  • Registration of hazardous chemicals
  • Comply with China GHS (SDS and precaution label)

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