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South Korea to Ease Chemical Regulations to Offset Impact of Japanese Export Curbs

  •   14 Aug 2019
  •    Nadine He
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    The trade friction between South Korea and Japan has attracted considerable attention and led many (click here[1] and here[2]) in the Korean media to question MoE’s chemical regulations including K-REACH[3]and CCA[4]. In response to Korean media’s criticism of K-REACH and CCA, the MoE has issued several official explanations reiterating its stance and urging the public not to blame chemical regulation for material localization issues (CL news, click here[6] and here[7]). However, to appease concerns, MoE will amend the implementation of some regulations to minimize industry losses during this difficult time.

    In July, the Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea Hong Nam-ki offered details on proposed reforms during the 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Japan’s Trade Curbs, stating that the government will ease new chemical registration for R&D purposes. (CL news[5]). So far the MoE hasn’t issued any practical implementation guidance.

    In the latest official explanation[8], MoE stated that special measures will be taken to facilitate the localization of materials and promote R&D.

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