The regulatory landscape in Latin America is changing fast!
Las Regulaciones Químicas de América Latina Están Cambiando Rápidamente, Muy Rápido
25 August 2022
It's not time for a Siesta!
As most of you are aware, chemical regulation in Latin America has been slow to evolve over the past several years; however, there have been some recent developments in three countries in particular, and it is anticipated that even more change is coming.
In 2022, Chile published its modern chemical regulation, Decree 57, Regulation on Classification, Labeling, and Notification of Hazardous Chemicals and Mixtures. Based loosely on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and EU models, Decree 57 and its implementing standards, including Resolution 777/2021, aim to make a holistic change to the way chemicals are regulated. Decree 57 sets out both Chile's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for industrial and consumer products, as well as its version of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.
Colombia joins Chile as the second country in Latin America to enact its comprehensive chemical regulation under Decree 1630/2021. The new REACH-inspired decree applies to industrial chemicals identified as hazardous by GHS that are manufactured or imported in quantities over 100 kg per year.
Brazil has also taken an important step towards enacting a framework national chemical law inspired by EU REACH and Canada's Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The head of the Committee in the Chamber of Deputies analyzing the bill voted for its approval, with important changes that bring it closer to an earlier version developed by Brazil's admired Comissão Nacional de Segurança Química (CONASQ).
National Chemicals Inventory Laws:
Type of Proposal
Not yet drafted
Drafted – not yet presented in Congress
So, what do you need to know?
At this point, Chile is the only Latin American country requiring registration of chemical substances. However, Brazil and Colombia will require this information very shortly. For example, in Colombia you will need to register your substances before 30 May 2025. You will need to collect, organize, and report specific use, exposure as well as quantity information for any substances on the marketplace in these countries. You will also be required to have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) in the respective language and follow specific GHS rules that have been adopted for each country.
Do you need assistance, or have any questions?
Do you have questions about this topic, or require assistance with registration and compliance in Latin America? Please do not hesitate to contact our experts at Intertek Assuris—we're here to help!