The Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals (2015) of China Published on 9 March 2015

original article from CIRS

On 9 March 2015, The Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals (2015) has been officially published, which was prepared by The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), The Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT), The Ministry of Public Safety (MPS), The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), The Ministry of Transport (MOT), The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), The Railway Administration of China (RAC) and The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). There are 2828 entries have been included in this inventory. Catalog 2015 will enter into force on 1 May 2015 and replace hazardous chemical catalog 2002 accordingly.

Please click here for more information about the original official Notice.

Version 2002, Draft version 2013 and final version 2015

It has been 11 years since Hazardous chemical inventory (Catalog of Hazardous Chemical) version 2002 has been published on 24 February 2003. The final version 2015 has been modified based on draft version 2013 and deliberated for 2 years. Draft version 2013 has been published on 28 September 2013, which includes 3834 entries and criteria for determining hazardous chemicals. A general compare has been listed as follows and you can also download each original version:




Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals 2002 (Click here to download)



Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals Draft 2013 (Click here to download)



Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals2015 (Click here to download)



Compared to Draft version 2013, the final version (2015) deleted approximately 100 chemicals and keeps the determination criteria unchanged. Please find following criteria for your reference.

Criteria of Classification

1. Physical Hazard

Explosives: Unstable explosives, Division 1.1-1.4;
Flammable gases: Category 1-2, chemically unstable gases Category A, B
Aerosols: Category 1
Oxidizing gases: Category 1
Gases under pressure: Compressed gas, Liquefied gas, refrigerated liquefied gases, Dissolved gas;
Flammable liquids: Category 1-3;
Flammable solids: Category 1-2;
Self-reactive substances and mixtures: Type A, B, C, D and E;
Pyrophoric liquids: Category 1;
Pyrophoric solids: Category 1;
Self-heating substances or mixtures: Category 1-2; Substances and mixtures which in contact with water emit flammable gases: Category 1-3;
Oxidizing liquids: Category 1-3;
Oxidizing solids: Category 1-3;
Organic peroxides: Type A, B, C, D, E, F;
Corrosive to metals: Category 1;

2. Health Hazard

Acute toxicity: Category 1-3;
Skin corrosion/irritation: Category 1A, 1B, 1C, Category 2;
Serious eye damage/eye irritation: Category 1, 2A, 2B;
Respiratory or skin sensitisation: Resp.sens 1A, 1B, Skin sens 1A, 1B;
Germ cell mutagenicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2
Carcinogenicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2;
Reproductive toxicity: Category 1A, 1B, Category 2, additional (effects on/via lactation);
Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure: Category 1-3;
Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure: Category 1-2;
Aspiration hazard: Category 1;

3. Environmental Hazard

Hazardous to aquatic environment - acute toxicity: Category 1-2;
Hazardous to aquatic environment - chronic toxicity: Category 1-3;
Hazardous to the ozone layer: Category 1;

Please note, classification criteria will be different between China GHS and other countries’ GHS Regulations. Please refer to above determination criteria based on China GHS Classification system.

Guidance on Catalog will be published soon

After the publication of “the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals (2015)”, the guidance for this catalog will also be published. As shown in the table below: the guidance will include UN number, type of hazards, warning sign, hazard instruction, etc. According to the guidance, enterprises can complete the registration in a more efficient way.












Hydrochloric acid







Please note, under the following specific situation, enterprises will be required to carry out evaluation of hazards:

1. The product contains more than 1 kind of hazardous component that is listed in the “Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals” and the hazardous properties are not clear yet.

2. Product contains hazardous component that is not listed in the “Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals” and the hazardous properties are not clear yet.

3. Product contains hazardous component that is listed in the “Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals”, but new hazardous properties have been found.

How to comply

Companies who produce, store, use, sell or transport hazardous chemicals in China are subject to different obligations:

  • Safety evaluation report
  • Production license, safe use permit, operating license
  • Registration of hazardous chemicals
  • Comply with China GHS (SDS and precaution label)


If you would like to get the English version of the new Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals(2015) and find out all the differences between Catalog(2002) and Catalog(2015),please complete this order form and send it to given mailbox or

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