Upcoming Consultation Exercises

Amendments to the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap.132AF) (Veterinary Drug Residues in Food)
Tentative Consultation Period: By early 2023 to mid 2023 
Bureau / Department: Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Brief Description : To better protect public health, enhance regulatory control and keep the local regulation abreast of the international standards, it is necessary to review and strengthen the regulatory control of veterinary drug residues in food. It is therefore proposed to amend the current Harmful Substances in Food Regulation, Cap 132AF.  A public consultation exercise on this issue will be conducted.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Food importer, manufacturers, retailers and food service providers.
  *The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.
 
Ref No.: 10210
 
Proposed Control of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Cleaning Products
Tentative Consultation Period: The second half of 2022
Bureau / Department: Environmental Protection Department
Brief Description : To improve air quality, we propose to amend the Air Pollution Control (VOCs) Regulation (Cap. 311W) to control the VOC content of seven types of cleaning products such that the import and local manufacture of these products shall comply with the prescribed VOC content limits.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Importers and local manufacturers of cleaning products
  *The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.
 
Ref No.: 10195
 
 
 
Proposed Updates to Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products
Tentative Consultation Period: 1 to 31 December 2022
Bureau / Department: Commerce and Economic Development Bureau
Brief Description : We plan to adopt up-to-date safety standards promulgated by the relevant standards institutions for toys and some children’s products listed in Schedule 2 (Schedule 2 products) under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424). 
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of toys and children’s products
Will there be any proposed regulatory requirement(s) on which the B/Ds concerned would like to seek specific views from SMEs? [Yes/No] : Toys and Schedule 2 products supplied in Hong Kong must comply with the up-to-date safety standards upon their adoption, so as to protect child safety.
 *The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.
 
Ref No.: 10206
 
 
 
Upgrading of Existing Energy Efficiency Grading Standards
Tentative Consultation Period: April to June 2023
Bureau / Department: Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
Brief Description : Upgrading of existing energy efficiency grading standards for refrigerating appliances, washing machines and storage type electric water heaters under Mandatory Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme. The Code of Practice on Energy Labelling of Products would be revised accordingly and comments on the draft revision would be sought.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Manufacturers and Importers of Electrical Appliances
 *The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.
 
Ref No.: 10207
 
 
Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549)
Tentative Consultation Period: December 2022 to January 2023
Bureau / Department: Health Bureau / Department of Health
Brief Description : The purpose of this document is to facilitate collection of comments and views from the Chinese medicines trade on the Government’s proposal to amend Schedules 1 and 2 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549).
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Chinese medicines traders
 *The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.
 
Ref No.: 10209
 
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