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02 Jun 2016

News Update
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region to Start Comprehensive Treatment on VOCs
2 June 2016 The joint conference of “Atmospheric Pollution Prevention and Treatment Taskforce of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region” was held in Beijing and raised a series of new requirements on the VOC emission in this Region.
South Korea Consults on Non-toxic, Toxic and Restricted Chemical Lists
1 June 2016 South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) is now consulting on the recently updated non-toxic, toxic and restricted chemical lists. All updates summarized as below are subject to a period of public consultation lasting 20 days.
New List of K-REACH Lead Registrant Published
31 May 2016 25 PECs subject to joint registration under K-REACH recently finished their Lead Registrant (LR) election. The task force for K-REACH on 26 May of 2016 published the corresponding LR election results.
South Korea Provides Average Quotations for Testing Costs under K-REACH
27 May 2016 11 GLP testing institutes in South Korea have increased the testing costs of 9 toxicological and 4 eco-toxicological testing items under K-REACH. Average quotations for these testing items were published by the authority.
China Work Safety and Transport Authorities to Inspect Chemical Storage Facilities
25 May 2016 On May 19, China SAWS, MOT and National Railway Administration (NRA) published a joint notice announcing the Work Plan for Special Program on Safe Storage of Hazardous Chemicals.
Shanghai VOC Charge to Enter 2nd Stage
25 May 2016 Shanghai was among the first of the provinces and cities that carried out local VOC charge standards. With the second stage coming close, the charging stnadard will be higher.
China RoHS 2 FAQs Published
20 May 2016 China RoHS 2 was promulgated on January 6, 2016 and scheduled to take effect on July 1st 2016. To help stakeholders better comprehend and implement the regulation, MIIT published China RoHS 2 FAQs on May 16.
Japan to Update Designation of Poisonous and Deleterious Substances
20 May 2016 In accordance with the draft amendments to Order for Designation of Poisonous and Deleterious Substances, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has proposed some changes for public consultation.
Korean MoE Proposes Changes to K-REACH’s Ministerial Decree
20 May 2016 On 20 Apr of 2016, the Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) issued a revised draft of the Ministerial Decree (Enforcement Rules) of K-REACH by MoE Notice No.2016-348. The commenting period will close on 30 May.
Guidance for New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration

Taiwan issued the Guidance for New and Existing Chemical Substance Registration (Version 1) in August of 2015. The “Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration” entered into force on 11 Dec 2014 setting out specific provisions under Taiwan TCSCA for chemical substances manufactured or imported in Taiwan. The newly released Guidance relates to this regulation, aiming to guide potential registrants in complying with their obligations.

Frequently Asked Questions 101 for New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration

Taiwan issued a document containing 101 frequently-asked questions collected from potential registrants for new and existing chemical substance registration on 30 Sep 2015, providing corresponding official answers.

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