The Brazilian Deputies’ Chamber approved Law Bill 6.120/2019, which proposes the creation of a national chemical inventory aimed at consolidating information of chemicals imported into the national market.
The Law Bill, having been in the possession of the Deputies’ Chamber Environment and Sustainable Development Commission (CMADS) since early 2019, now seek approval from the other three commissions. In unanimous consent, the legislation is immediately forwarded for official publication.
The regulation had one amendment supported by deputy Rodrigo Agostinho. The modification brought back essential aspects from the National Committee on Chemical Safety’s proposal presented to the Congress in 2018 which was shelved immediately Bolsonaro’s government took place. The National Chemical Safety Committee's proposal is still known for its technical criteria and capacity to mediate representatives from the chemical sector, civil society, academia, and NGOs until today.
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 the reworking of the risk management, inspection, infractions, and sanctions activities.
The proposal is part of the country’s ambition to develop an efficient management of chemicals, given the international trend. However, despite the gradual advancements, it is still uncertain when the proposal would be officially adopted.
On a regional context, Latin America is fast developing an integrated chemical policy. The most recent cases are Chile and Colombia, which have already enacted the law on comprehensive management of chemical substances in 2021.
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