South Korea

K-REACH and Chemical Control Act came into simultaneous effect on the 1 Jan 2015 replacing their predecessor the TCCA. These new regulatory frameworks establish a more effective chemical regulatory management scheme in Korea. The OSHA mainly regulates chemical substances that pose risks to employees to ensure workers’ health and safety in workplace.

 

K-REACH

The Act on Registration and Evaluation, etc. of Chemical Substances (K-REACH) was passed by the National Assembly on 30 Apr 2013 as Law No.11789. It came into force on 1 Jan 2015. K-REACH follows the basic concept of EU REACH which South Korea has adapted to meet the demands of its own chemical management program regulating the registration and evaluation of new and existing chemical substances.

The K-REACH subordinate statutes, the Presidential Decree (also known as the Enforcement Decree) and the Ministerial Decree (also known as the Enforcement Rules) detail management of chemicals and downstream products, and specify and elucidate the registration requirements and any possible registration exemptions, etc.

 

CCA

South Korea’s Chemicals Control Act (CCA) was issued as Presidential Decree No. 11862 on 4 June 2013 and came into force on 1 Jan 2015. The CCA Enforcement Decree and Enforcement Rules, known as the main supporting documents, specify the regulatory provisions throughout the chemical chain of custody including initial market access, distribution, handling and disposal of chemicals. The CCA strengthens the licensing management for businesses including risk management and preparation of off-site impact analysis report.

 

OSHA

South Korea’s Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) ensure proper compliance with workers’ health and safety in workplace. Companies should register new chemical substances under OSHA as well as K-REACH. The new requirements for new chemical management under Korea OSHA have been effective on 1 May 2016. OSHA also requires any person who transfers or supplies a chemical substance or preparations to classify the chemical if classification criteria are applicable and to prepare SDS and labels accordingly.  

 

Korea GHS

Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) on April 6 of 2016 published the revised Standards for Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances and Material Safety Data Sheet by Public Notice No.2016-19, which entered into force immediately. Transitional measures are granted under which classification, labeling and SDS prepared in accordance with the previous version of Public Notice No.2013-37 are acceptable until April 6, 2017. 

By adopting the hazard category “hazardous to the ozone layer” and revising some of the hazard statements and precautionary statements, the new standards update the 2013 standards (MOEL Public Notice No.2013-37) to align with UN GHS Rev.4 (2011).

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    List of K-REACH Lead Registrants Published for 330 PECs

      October 10, 2017    Nadine He

    Takehome: Seven priority existing chemical substances (PECs) subject to K-REACH joint registration recently finished LR (lead registrant) election. So far LR election has been completed for 330 PECs. 20 LRs have submitted dossiers, of which 10 have been...
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    South Korea Updates Hazard Evaluation Results for New Substances Registered under K-REACH

      September 8, 2017    Nadine He

    South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) issued NIER Announcement No. 2017-37 on 8 Sep 2017, making public the updates of hazard evaluation results for new chemical substances registered under K-REACH. The updates took effect immediately...
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    K-REACH: 323 PECs Finished LR Election

      September 6, 2017    Nadine He

    Takehome: Five priority existing chemical substances (PECs) subject to K-REACH joint registration recently finished LR (lead registrant) election. Three PECs that previously finished LR election were deleted. So far LR election has been completed for 323...
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    South Korea’s MoE Updates Safety and Labeling Standards for Risk Concerned Products

      September 1, 2017    Nadine He

    Takehome: Lists of approved biocidal active substances with corresponding percentage threshold are provided for spray cleaners, air fresheners and deodorants Risk concerned products should conduct product testing in 8 qualified labs every three years to...
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    South Korea's Cabinet Passes New K-BPR and Amended K-REACH

      August 16, 2017    Nadine He

    The new “Act on Safety Management of Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides” (a.k.a “K-BPR”) and the amendments to the “Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals of Korea” (a.k.a “K-REACH”) were passed by South Korea’s cabinet on 8 Aug. The next step is to...
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    South Korea to Update Hazard Evaluation Results for New Substances Registered under K-REACH

      August 10, 2017    Nadine He

    Note: The proposed updates have been approved by NIER Announcement No. 2017-37 (CL news). Takehome: NIER consults on hazard evaluation results of 343 new chemical substances registered under K-REACH. The hazard evaluation results of 28 new substances...
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