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Brazil: The National Chemical Inventory is a step ahead


Chemical inventory risk management

The Law Bill 6.120/2019 is in possession of the Environment and Sustainable Development Commission (CMADS) of the Deputies’ Chamber since early December 2019, aiming to create the National Inventory of Chemical Substances in order to consolidate an information base on chemical substances produced or imported into the country.

After 15 months long waited, the legislation received a designated rapporteur only in March 2021 and had a five-meeting deadline for amendments established. After CMADS, the bill has three more commissions to go before enters into force. The Law Bill 6.120/2019 is expected to pave the way for a national chemical policy.

After the deadlines for amendments expired, only one amendment was presented in the Lower House. Supported by deputy Rodrigo Agostinho (former chairman of the environment committee of the Chamber of Deputies), the revision intends to bring back important aspects from the (National Committee on Chemical Safety) CONASQ’s proposal, present to the Congress in 2018 and shelved immediately when Bolsonaro’s government took place.

The modification highlights are related to the reestablishment of the Technical Committee for the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and the Deliberative Committee for Chemical Substances and rework the risk management, inspection, infractions, and sanctions activities.

Despite the gradual advancements, it is still uncertain when the proposal may be put to vote. If all three committees approve the bill, there is no president sanction needed.


Last update: 2021-05-30