Factory Act Revision Proposed

“The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) plans to revise its Factory Act to make it easier for businesses with good credit, especially in environmental issues, to expand investment”, reports the 3 September 2011 edition of the Bangkok Post.  The DIW is the main agency responsible for enforcement of Thailand's Hazardous Substances Act, and therefore plays a pivotal role in product registration.  Echoing a sentiment expressed by many importers and factory owners in Thailand, the Director–General of the Department of Industrial Works, Arthit Wuthikaro, said: “inspections by DIW officials in the past were done in the 'wrong' way, with officials often wanting to find fault with businesses instead of providing advice – a way of misusing the law for their own benefit.”  The process of amending the law will take approximately one year.