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K-REACH
In order to promote K-REACH registration and reduce the registration cost for small and medium-sized enterprises in South Korea, South Korea's government announced the registration whole process support program (the fifth time) in March 2024.
South Korea is to revise its Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances (known as K-REACH). The amendments were approved by South Korea's National Assembly on January 9, 2024. Major changes cover: 1. The tonnage of new chemical substances notification is adjusted from "below 0.1t/y" to "below 1t/y"; 2. Disclose the notification information of new chemical substances below 1tpa. For CBI substances, the generic names should be disclosed; and 3. New chemical substances below 1t/y will be reviewed.
On October 4, 2023, in accordance with the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals, the National Institute of Environmental Research in Korea released Notice No. 2023-460 on revision of Classification and Labeling Regulations for Chemical Substances.
On August 10, 2023, the South Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) published Notice No.2023-183 revising the volume of toxic, restricted, prohibited, and permitted substances in accordance with the Regulations on the Implementation of the Chemical Substance Management Act. The revision this time aims to enhance the management of chemicals and safeguard public health and the environment.
In order to further improve certain shortcomings in the existing system, on August 25, 2023, the South Korean Ministry of Environment published Notice No. 2023-502 partially revising the Implementation Regulations of the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances. This revision will come into effect on January 4, 2024.
On August 1, 2023, South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) has amended its toxic substance list in Notice No. 2023-41, in accordance with the Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) and the Korean Chemical Control Act.
South Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) has published two K-REACH registration support programs to help enterprises register under K-REACH. Both programs shall meet the following requirements: Substances are manufactured/imported in annual volumes of 100 to 1,000 tonnes; Registration consortium to complete registration by November 2024; Registration consortium has selected its only representative (OR); and registration consortium includes two or more SMEs that are ‘active’ members
On Jun 20, 2023, based on related provisions of the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals, the National Institute of Environmental Research in South Korea released Administrative Announcement on partially revised the Notice on the Designation of Toxic Substances and the Classification and Labeling Regulations for Chemical Substances.
On June 1, 2023, the Ministry of Environment of Korea (MoE) released Notice 2023-122 on the amendment of existing chemicals. In accordance with the provision of Paragraph 3, Article 2 of the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals, a total of 209 chemical substances is hereby published.
On April 25, 2023, South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) published a public consultation updating the toxic substances list (Notice No. 2023-26). This Notice shall enter into force three months after its publication. In accordance with the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (known as K-REACH), competent authorities shall conduct hazard review and hazard assessment of substances that have completed registrations. Classifications shall be made based on the review results. If a substance is classified as toxic substance, NIER will include it in toxic substances list and release notice.