|24 Apr 2017
Chemical Watch: Major business association wants scaled-back K-REACH
|12 Apr 2017
MoE seeks public comments on the amended lists of restricted substances under K-REACH.
|1 Apr 2017
This list of lead registrants (LRs) for 308 of the 510 priority existing chemical substances (PECs) is updated.
|9 Jan 2017
Korea officially notified WTO of its K-REACH amendment (G/TBT/N/KOR/700). The full text of proposed K-REACH regulation (in Korean) can be downloaded below:
|30 Dec 2016
Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced amendments to the Designation of Product(s) of Risk Concerns and Safety and Labelling Standards.
The main changes are listed as follows:
- 3 more types of products are designated as product of risk concern: ironing auxiliaries, ink cartridges and toners and algicides.
- More hazardous substances are restricted in household chemical products. For example, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one and 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one are prohibited for use in all spray products. The content of Ethylene glycol shall not exceed 0.2% when used in deodorizing agents. Chloroethylene shall not exceed 0.04% when used in coating agents.
- Labelling of hazardous substances in household chemical products will be stricter. For chemical products containing biocidal active substances and designated hazardous substances under K-REACH, the name of the substance, the purpose of the substance and its percentage must be included on the label, regardless of its concentration. Substances causing allergic reactions shall be given on the label when used at 0.01% or more.
- Violation of the Safety and Labeling Standards may lead to the imprisonment for not more than 7 years or a fine of up to KRW 200 million (approximately $1,700,000 in USD).
Download: Designation of Product(s) of Risk Concerns and Safety and Labelling Standards (MoE Notice No. 2016-254) (in Korean).
|28 Dec 2016
Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) proposed a new Act named the ‘Safety Control Act of Household Chemical Products and Biocidal Products. The intent is to prevent similar incidents to that of the humidifier disinfectants that killed hundreds of Koreans.
Currently, household chemical products and biocidal products are regulated under K-REACH. Once this new Act comes into force, the provisions related to household chemical products and biocidal products under K-REACH will be transferred to the new Act.
The main requirements of the new Act are listed as follows:
- Biocidal active substances and biocidal products need to be approved first before they can be marked in South Korea;
- Household chemical products containing hazardous chemical substances require notification and need to comply with relevant safety and labelling standards.
Download: Draft Safety Control Act of Household Chemical Products and Biocidal Products(in Korean)
|26 Dec 2016
Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) published proposed amendments to K-REACH regulation (formally known as the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals).
The main changes are listed as follows:
- Annual report system will be abolished. A new pre-registration scheme will be introduced to all >=1t/y existing substances (likely in late 2018);
- The system of designating prioritized existing substances subject to registration will be abolished. All >=1t/y existing substances (~7,000) will need to be registered within tonnage-based grace periods.
- As of now, products containing hazardous chemical substance should be notified. The revised Act states that products containing substance of risk concerns like carcinogenic or mutagenic properties should be notified when the substance is contained more than 0.1% in product.
- Substance subject to authorization should not be manufactured, imported, used or sold unless its use is authorized, but except the uses that are exempted from the use authorization.
- Penalty provisions are newly made for persons who manufacture, import, use or sell restricted substance for prohibited use.
- Sellers of hazardous chemical substance should provide hazard information to the person who purchases the hazardous substance regardless of its registration or content in product
- Reference: MoE Notice No. 2016-869 (in Korean)