China CRC to increase fee for searching the confidential section of IECSC from 2013

16 Nov 2012, The Chemical Registration Centre (CRC) of China MEP has published a notice on its website announcing that their administrative fee for searching the confidential section of IECSC will increase from RMB 200 per enquiry  to RMB 600(~100 USD) per enquiry. The new fee will apply from 1st Jan 2013.

This notice can be found here.

Background information

The Chinese existing chemical inventory is IECSC, which stands for the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC). There are around 45,000 substances in IECSC and the latest version was released in Dec 2010. Companies can go to CRC's IECSC portal to find out whether a substance is included in IECSC or not:


However, more than 3300 notified substances are not included in the online data base for confidentiality reasons. It is recommended that a formal enquiry be submitted to CRC to check whether a substance is new or not. CRC usually issues a confirmation letter within 2 weeks after an enquiry has been submitted. This enquiry currently costs around 200 RMB or 33 USD.

New! For a substance that is not included on online IECSC data base, CIRS offers free enquiry service to confirm with CRC whether the substance has been listed in the confidential section of IECSC. This offer is limited to one substance per company only.

More info about this service can be found here.

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