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On 1 August 2022, South Korea published the revised K-REACH implementation rules. The revised rules ease the exemption requirements for new chemical substances with an annual import volume of less than 0.1t/y for R&D purposes by exempting the specific name and CAS number of the chemical substances.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor of South Korea released the proposed amendment to the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) for public consultation on April 25, 2022, planning to add eight reproductive toxic substances to the list of “hazardous substances subject to management”.
On April 29, 2022, the South Korean Ministry of Environment issued the Specifications on Consumer Chemical Products Labelling and Advertising Language (Draft) to collect public comments by June 7, 2022. This Draft was drawn up under the provision of Paragraph 1, Article 34 of the Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety Act (also known as the K-BPR), aiming at regulating consumer chemical packaging and advertising language, and preventing business fraud, thereby further protecting the health and safety of consumers.
In January 2022, the RCEP Agreement entered into force, covering 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. After RCEP comes into effect, more than 90% of the trade of goods in the region will eventually achieve zero tariffs, which involves the chemical industry with more than 1,000 tariff numbers of RCEP origin rules, benefiting the import and export trade of chemicals. Within the RCEP coverage, most countries, including China, have adopted GHS classification and labelling systems, which requires the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and labels of chemicals to comply with the GHS-related regulations and standards of each country and region.
The latest OSHA amendments were published in 2019 by the Ministry of Employment of Labor (MoEL). Under the requirements of the 2019 OSHA Amendments, chemical manufacturers and importers in South Korea are obligated to prepare safety data sheets complying with Korean GHS standards for chemicals meet GHS hazard criteria, and submit the safety data sheets to the MoEL before in time.
Recently, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) has released a series of deadlines, including the pre-notification deadline, approval deadline as well as the approval application submission deadline for the first batch of existing active substances. Under the requirements of the Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety Act, any person who intends to manufacture or import active substance for use in biocidal products or treated articles must obtain approval from
Under the requirements of MOE Notification 2021-23, the scope of existing substances has been revised. Details are as follows: Hydrates or anhydrates of existing substances are all considered as existing substances; Reaction products composed of two or more components, and each component is an existing substance (these components are difficult to separate by technical means, and the reaction product itself is distributed or used in the market). Under this circumstance, the r
South Korea is to carry out the statistical survey on chemicals for 2020 to investigate the types of chemical substances that are handled in South Korea in 2020, as well as the manufacturing, storage, usage, import and export status of chemical substances in 2020. The statistical survey is required under Chemical Control Act (CCA). South Korea will carry out the survey in every two years to help reduce the chemical accidents and establish safety management systems. The surve
Korea MoE released the amended K-REACH regulation on 13 Apr. 2021, which will officially take effect on 14 Oct. 2021. The K-REACH regulation has been amended for 9 times since its implementation in 2015. With the improvements of the regulation, the supervision on chemicals in Korea has become stricter. The K-REACH regulation has been amended in the following parts this time: Raw materials for organic agricultural and fishery products under the Act on Promotion of Environment
Since January 16th, 2021, there have been some important updates regarding Korean GHS. GHS in Korea was previously regulated by MoEL No, 2016-19, however, this regulation has been updated to MoEL Public No.2020-247 (MoEL Notice No. 2020-130). The changes outlined in MoEL Notice No. 2020-130 apply mainly to SDS submission and the CBI application process. If an enterprise is an existing SDS holder before January 16th, 2021, they must ensure their SDS is updated to include thes