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Hazardous Chemicals Control

How are the hazardous chemicals controlled under the Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance?

Hazardous   Chemicals   Control   Ordinance   (HCCO)   (Cap. 595) regulates, through a permit system,  the import, export, manufacture and use of  non-pesticide hazardous chemicals that have potentially harmful or adverse effects on human health or the environment. Any person  importing,  exporting,  manufacturing  or using  a  scheduled chemical  must  hold  a valid permit for that  chemical  issued  by the Environmental  Protection  Department  (EPD).  In addition, for every shipment  of scheduled chemical(s)  entering or  leaving Hong Kong, an import/export licence is also required under the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60), to be issued by EPD under delegation from the Trade and Industry Department.

Please note that new HCCO amendment 2018 includes 2 additional chemicals, in Schedule 2 and becomes effective from 1 July 2018. Applications for permits for new scheduled chemicals or variation of existing permits are accepted from 1 April 2018.  For enquires, please contact EPD at telephone 3107 2981 or email hcco@epd.gov.hk

 
 
HCCO amendment 2018 becomes effective from 1 July 2018. Applications for HCCO permits for new scheduled chemicals are accepted from 1 April 2018.

What hazardous chemicals are subject to control?

Effective from 1 July 2018, the non-pesticide hazardous chemicals controlled under the HCCO include:

  Chemical Name [Note 1] CAS No.
 
Schedule 1 Chemicals
  1. Hexabromobiphenyl (HBB) 36355-01-8
  2. Hexabromodiphenyl ether (hexaBDE) and
    heptabromodiphenyl ether (heptaBDE)
     
       (a) 2,2',4,4',5,5'- hexabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-153) 68631-49-2
       (b) 2,2',4,4',5,6'- hexabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-154) 207122-15-4
       (c) 2,2',3,3',4,5',6- heptabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-175) 446255-22-7
       (d) 2,2',3,4,4',5',6-heptabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-183) 207122-16-5
       (e) Other hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers present in
          commercial octabromodiphenyl ether
 
  3. Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) 118-74-1
  4. Pentachlorobenzene (PeCB) 608-93-5
  5. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) 1336-36-3
  6. Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (tetraBDE)  and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE)  
       (a) 2,2',4,4'- tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) 5436-43-1
       (b) 2,2',4,4',5- pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) 60348-60-9
       (c) Other tetra- and pentabromodiphenyl ether present in
          commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether
 
  7. Hexabromocyclododecane  
      (a) Hexabromocyclododecane 25637-99-4
      (b) 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane and its main diastereoisomers 3194-55-6
 
Schedule 2 Chemicals
  1. Asbestos: [Note 2]  
       (a) Actinolite 77536-66-4
       (b) Anthophyllite 77536-67-5
       (c) Amosite 12172-73-5
       (d) Crocidolite 12001-28-4
       (e) Tremolite 77536-68-6
  2. Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and
    perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF)
 
       (a) Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) 1763-23-1
       (b) Salts of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid  
       (c) Perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) 307-35-7
  3. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)  
       (a) Octabromobiphenyl 27858-07-7
       (b) Decabromobiphenyl 13654-09-6
  4. Polychlorinated terphenyls (PCT) 61788-33-8
5. Short-chain chlorinated paraffins 85535-84-8
  6. Tetraethyl Lead 78-00-2
  7. Tetramethyl Lead 75-74-1
8. Tributyltin compounds  
       (a) Tributyltin oxide 56-35-9
       (b) Tributyltin fluoride 1983-10-4
       (c) Tributyltin methacrylate 2155-70-6
       (d) Tributyltin benzoate 4342-36-3
       (e) Tributyltin chloride 1461-22-9
       (f) Tributyltin linoleate 24124-25-2
       (g) Tributyltin naphthenate 85409-17-2
  9. Tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate 126-72-7

2 new scheduled chemicals included in HCCO amendment 2018

[Note 1] Please note that the above chemicals may have different names (eg trade name or chemical group name) given by the manufacturers and sellers. The applicant is advised to check if his activities involve scheduled chemicals under the HCCO. Please contact EPD if any questions.

[Note 2]: The Air Pollution Control Ordinance, Cap. 311 (APCO) has banned the import, transshipment, supply and use of all forms of asbestos and asbestos containing materials except goods in transit and registered proprietary Chinese medicine. Exemption may be granted under certain circumstances. If the applicant wishes to use, import or transship the HCCO controlled asbestos, he must obtain the EPD’s exemption issued under the APCO prior to applying for the activity-based permit. Please see http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/guide_ref/Banning_asbestos.html for further information.

 

How many types of permits are available?
There are five types of permits, including: 

  • Import Permit
  • Export Permit
  • Transshipment and Transit Permit
  • Manufacture Permit
  • Use Permit

Who should apply for HCCO permits?

Capacity Controlled Activities Potential Parties
Subject to Control
Importer Importing scheduled chemical(s) into Hong Kong
  • Local chemical traders
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Testing laboratories
  • Carriers who assume the capacity of importer
Exporter Exporting scheduled chemical(s) from Hong Kong
  • Local chemical traders
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Testing laboratories
  • Carriers who assume the capacity of exporter 
Importer & Exporter Transshipping / transiting scheduled chemical(s) through Hong Kong
  • Shipping Companies
  • Airlines
  • Air cargo terminals
  • Ground handling agents of airlines
  • Express or freight air transport companies
  • Carriers who assume the capacity of importer and exporter 
Manufacturer Manufacturing scheduled chemical(s) in Hong Kong
  • Local chemical manufacturers
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Testing laboratories
User Using scheduled chemical(s) in Hong Kong
  • Local industries
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Testing laboratories
  • PCB capacitor/transformer users

 

For details, please refer to the following guidelines:

Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance (Cap. 595) Guidelines on Application for Permit to Import, Permit to Export and Permit to Transship / Transit Scheduled Chemicals

Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance (Cap. 595) Guidelines on Application for Permit to Manufacture Scheduled Chemicals

Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance (Cap. 595) Guidelines on Application for Permit to Use Scheduled Chemicals

Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60) Guidelines for completing Application Form of Import/Export Licence for Scheduled Chemicals

      For enquiries, please contact EPD Hazardous Chemicals Control Section at
      Tel: 3107 2981
      Email: hcco@epd.gov.hk

 

 

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User review date: 
Thursday, 10 April, 2014