When Israel joined the OECD in 2010, the country committed to establishment of a national procedure for registering chemicals. There is only partial regulation of the use of chemicals in Israel and the existing regulation is distributed among various government ministries and does not include a systematic evaluation of industrial chemicals. Israel is the only OECD country that does not have a register of industrial chemicals present in the country, their quantities, and uses and, furthermore, there is no clear picture of the existing regulation regarding each chemical.
On 1 October 2020 the Israelian Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) published the draft law titled ‘Industrial Chemicals Registering law 5781-2020’. The law was notified to the World Trade Organization on 6 January 2021. The law is expected to enter into force on 1 March 2023, and the establishment of the Chemical Inventory Registry should be completed and launched by 1 September 2024. However, the law was not approved as scheduled by the end of 2021 so this timeline may be delayed.