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Differences between K-REACH and EU REACH

By Little Pro on 2015-12-31 Views:  Update:2017-01-31

2015 is a key implementation year for K-REACH. This is just another new important REACH-like chemical regulation which is not strange to many of us who have dealt with EU REACH regulation before. Despite many similarities, K-REACH and EU REACH are different in many aspects. In this article, we have summarized the top 10 differences between K-REACH and EU REACH to help you understand K-REACH's regulatory requirements better.

K-REACH EU REACH Differences

Alert: Major K-REACH Amendments

Jan 2017, K-REACH has recently gone through some major amendments. Some info on this page is no longer accurate. For the latest updates of K-REACH amendments, please click here.

1. Registration of New Substances in Small Volumes (<1t/y )

  • EU REACH: REACH registration not required;
  • K-REACH: Simplified registration required;

2. Registration of Existing Chemical Substances(>=1t/y)

  • EU REACH: REACH registration required for all existing substances;
  • K-REACH: Registration only required for designated existing substances;

3. Reporting Volume and Uses Annually (Annual Report)

  • EU REACH: No required;
  • K-REACH: Required for new substances and >=1t/y existing substances ;

4. Registration of Polymers

  • EU REACH: Registration of monomer or reactant;
  • K-REACH: Registration of polymer itself;

5. Registration of Substances for R&D Purpose

  • EU REACH: PPORD notification;
  • K-REACH: Application of confirmation of registration exemption;

6. Non-isolated Intermediates and Surface Treated Substances

  • EU REACH: Fully exempt;
  • K-REACH: Application of confirmation of registration exemption required;

7. Export-only Substances (<=10t/y)

  • EU REACH: The same as regular substances;
  • K-REACH: Application of confirmation of registration exemption; also includes substances manufactured/imported to manufacture another substance to be entirely exported;

8. Biocides

  • EU REACH: Does not cover biocides;
  • K-REACH: Covers biocides; higher data requirements for biocides registration than regular chemical substances;

9. Chemical consumer products

10. Articles that do not contain substances intended to be released

  • EU REACH: impacted by SVHC list, authorization list and restriction list;
  • K-REACH: out the scope of most K-REACH obligations such as annual report, registration and product notification; may be impacted by authorization and restriction;

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