India announces new regulations for chemicals
Technical regulations in the form of QCOs are increasing in India. They usually make certifications based on specific Indian Standards mandatory for the industry. This is to enhance the safety and quality of the products in the Indian market.
The Indian Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals published eight draft QCOs for chemical products in mid-November. The industry is granted a 60-day period to comment the draft regulations. The Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals will subsequently review the comments and publish the final QCOs.
After adoption of the final QCOs, the chemicals will require a mandatory standard mark under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certifications schemes based on specific Indian Standards referenced in the regulations (see list below). The new regulations may pose technical market access challenges for the industry. Economic operators can submit comments on the draft regulations until mid-January 2022. For more information, please find the products and the links to the draft QCOs listed below.
List of notified chemicals
|Product category||Indian Standard||Draft QCO|
|Lauric Acid||IS 10931:1984||Link|
|Acid Oil||IS 12029:1986||Link|
|Palm Fatty Acids||IS 12067:1987||Link|
|Rice Bran Fatty Acids||IS 12068:1987||Link|
|Coconut Fatty Acids||IS 12069:1987||Link|
|Rubberseed Fatty Acids||IS 12124:1987||Link|
|Hydrogenated Rice Bran Fatty Acids||IS 12361:1988||Link|
|1,3 Phenylenediamine||IS 17450:2020||Link|
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