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On July 3, 2018, the State Council of the People's Republic of China released the ‘three-year action plan to win the battle for a blue sky’, in a bid to improve air quality. The plan proposes the implementation of special VOCs remediation plans for petrochemical, chemical, industrial coating, packaging, printing and other key VOCs emitting industries.  It also proposes a ban on the production and usage of high VOC-containing solvent-based coatings, inks, adhesives etc. in key areas, and the implementation of special enforcement actions for VOCs, the aim of which is to reduce the total emissions of VOCs in 2020 by more than 10% compared with 2015.

New VOCs Mandatory National Standards released
As one of the VOCs remediation plans, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Standardization Administration of the P.R.C.(SAC) have successively released 9 mandatory national standards related to VOCs, standardizing the VOCs test methods and content limits for coatings, adhesives, inks and cleaning agents. Some of these new standards will supersede the current versions.  Coatings, adhesives, inks and cleaning agents are all high-risk VOC-containing materials commonly used in the electrical and electronic industry. The mandatory national standards released this time will prompt relevant enterprises to reduce the use of VOCs in their products.

Relevant Information of the Nine Mandatory National Standards

GB 38468-2019 Limit of harmful substances of interior floor coatings 2019.12.31
GB 38469-2019 Limit of harmful substances of marine coatings
GB 18581-2020 Limit of harmful substances of woodware coatings 2020.03.04


GB 18582-2020 Limit of harmful substances of architectural wall coatings
GB 24409-2020 Limit of harmful substances of vehicle coatings
GB 30981-2020 Limit of harmful substances of industrial protective coatings
GB 33372-2020 Limit of volatile organic compounds content in adhesive
GB 38507-2020 Limits of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in printing ink 2020.03.04 2021.04.01
GB 38508-2020 Limits for volatile organic compounds content in cleaning agents 2020.03.04 2020.12.01

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