Revised Rules and Regulations on the Licensing of Establishments Engaged in the Manufacture and/or Distribution; Registration or Other Authorizations; and Labeling of Household/Urban Hazardous Substances

Revised Rules and Regulations on the Licensing of Establishments Engaged in the Manufacture and/or Distribution; Registration or Other Authorizations; and Labeling of Household/Urban Hazardous Substances

  1. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

The regulation over hazardous substances has been established since 30 January 1976 through Presidential Decree No. 881 entitled, “Empowering The Secretary of Health to Regulate the Labeling, Sale and Distribution of Hazardous Substances”. Pursuant thereto, the Secretary of Health then issued Administrative Order 303 s. 1976 to set the rules and regulations for the registration of hazardous substances and establishments engaged in the manufacture of hazardous substances. 

On 17 January 1977, the Secretary of Health issued Administrative Order 311 prescribing the labeling requirements of hazardous substances and Administrative Order No. 312 classifying substances which are hazardous in nature into five categories. These categories are Category I – Product contacting Petroleum Distillates, Category II – Polishes and Waxes, Category III – Cleanser and Detergent, Category IV – Do-It-Yourself and Hobby Items, and Category V – Yard and Home Products.

The regulation of hazardous substances by the Department of Health, through the Food and Drug Administration, was carried and reiterated under Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines” where, later on, such regulation and control over Household/Urban Hazardous Substances was expressly vested directly to the FDA through the Center for Cosmetics Regulation and Research pursuant to Republic Act No. 9711 or the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009”.

 

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