By Little Pro on 2015-12-31 Views: Update:2017-01-18
Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA) is the most important chemical control law in Taiwan. It has undergone 6 amendments since its promulgation in 1986. The amended TCSCA was promulgated by Presidential Order on 11 Dec 2013 and fully comes into force on 11 Dec 2014.
The revised TCSCA introduces many concepts of EU REACH regulation into Taiwan. Under the new Act, enterprises manufacturing or importing new substances or a given quantity of existing chemical substances shall register those substances with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Enterprises that manufacture or import new substances or existing toxic chemical substances without the approval of the EPA will be liable to fines in the range of NT$200,000-2 million for manufacturers or NT$30,000-300,000 for importers.
TCSCA also requires enterprises who handle certain controlled toxic chemical substances to apply for permits, registration or approval and comply with relevant management measures. Here "Handling" refers to activities such as the manufacture, import, export, sale, transport, use, storage or discarding of chemical substances.
To understand the impact of TCSCA on your businesses, you need to:
|Out of Scope||
1.'New substance' is a substance that is not listed on national existing chemical substance inventory. More info about this inventory can be found here.
2."Article" means a manufactured item formed to a specific shape or design during the manufacturing process(i.e., cups, toy cars, etc.). Articles that do not contain any substances intended to be released are exempt from registrations. However, articles may need meet certain restriction or prohibition requirements of TCSCA if they contain controlled toxic chemical substances annouced by the EPA.
Under TCSCA, registrants are domestic manufacturers(M) and importers(I) of chemical substances. Domestic manufacturers and importers can appoint third-party representatives to handle substance registrations via notarized appointment letters. Forein companies cannot directly submit substance registrations.
|Registration of New Substance||
|Registration of Existing Substances||
* Phase I registration is equivalent to pre-registration under EU REACH regulation and the information required is very simple. More info about registration exemptions, registration types, and registration requirements can be found here.
On 5 Dec 2014, EPA issues Regulations on New and Existing Substance Registrations under TCSCA. We have analyzed this new regulation and compared new substance notification under TCSCA with new substance notification under OSHA. Click here for more info.
EPA usually announce toxic chemical substances as Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 or Class 4 when the toxicological characteristics of chemical substances conform to the toxic chemical substance classification definitions given below.
Once a substance has been annouced as Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 toxic chemical substance, enterprises who handle it will need to apply for permits, registration or approval and comply with relevant management measures.
|All 4 classes||
|Class 1, 2 & 3 Only||
|Class 4 Only(New requirement).||
To download all 4 classes of toxic chemicals, please click here. When a toxic substance is annouced, the EPA will also annouce whether the toxic substance is restricted or prohibited from handling. From example, Polychlorinated biphenyls is prohibited from all handling and uses except for research, testing or education purpose.
Click here to access all references and resources for Taiwan including the English translation of regulations, regulatory lists and useful links to the websites of competent authorities.