Argentina withdraws WTO notification on national chemical inventory

Chemical Watch | June 20, 2019

Argentina has withdrawn its recently announced notification to the WTO, which detailed the country's plan for establishing and populating a national inventory of industrial chemicals. In a 17 June correction, the Argentine delegation to the WTO said that the draft resolution "has been withdrawn and should therefore be considered null and void."The national inventory, which would require all importers or producers of industrial chemicals to register them in an inventory within three years, was part of the country's plan to create a uniform system for managing industrial chemicals. The government told Chemical Watch last week that it has finalised the legal text of a bill to establish this system, although it has not yet been published.At the time of going to press Argentina’s Ministry of Environment told Chemical Watch it would clarify the reasons for the regulation's withdrawal in due course.

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