The drafts of K-REACH subordinate statutes, the Presidential Decree (also known as the Enforcement Decree) and the Ministerial Decree (also known as the Enforcement Rules) were issued for public consultation by Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) on 18 Feb 2014. These two documents detail management of chemicals and downstream products, and specify and elucidate the registration requirements and any possible registration exemptions, etc. Opinions regarding Presidential and Ministerial decrees of K-REACH can be submitted until 31 Mar 2014.
All the information disclosed in MoE’s public hearing on 27 Dec 2013 has been included in the drafts. For details, please see Chemlinked news release on 7 Jan 2014. Apart from that information, other specifications are expounded in Table 1.
Table 1. Briefing of Presidential Decree and Ministerial Decree
Chemical Substance Evaluation Committee
Committee member is assigned for 2 years and their terms can be extended
Hazard Evaluation Committee, Management Committee of High Risk Concerned Products and Socioeconomic Analysis Committee will be set up with no more than 10 members in each committee
Chemical subject to registration exemption
- Chemical substances for R&D purposes
- Low concerned polymers with specific characteristics
(details to find in Article 10 of the Presidential Decree)
Chemical subject to simplified registration
- New chemical substances manufactured or imported below 1 tonne per year will be subject to simplified registration, with an expected tonnage threshold of 0.1 tonne in 2020;
- Chemical substances deemed to be non-hazardous
(details to find in Article 12 of the Presidential Decree)