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Taiwan Publishes FAQs for Chemical Registration

  •   28 Aug 2019
  •    Nadine He
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    • Taiwan published 420 FAQs on its New and Existing Chemical Registration Regulation on Aug 28th, 2019.
    • Companies need more guidance on what to do next, including seminars, FAQs, supporting documents, etc.

    Taiwan issued on Aug 28th a FAQ document[1] containing 420 frequently-asked questions collected from nine industry focused seminars held from March to May this year addressing issues relating to the revised New and Existing Chemical Registration Regulation (Chinese version[2], and English version[3]).

    The amendments of the Regulation were promulgated on Mar 11th, 2019. The standard registration of 106 priority existing chemical substances at or above one tonne a year is required from Jan 1st, 2020 if companies wish to continue manufacturing/importing them. In addition, annual reporting of the registered new and existing substances is mandatory from 2020. Other notable amendments have been reported by ChemLinked (CL news[4]).

    Relevant companies may not be ready and need guidance on what to do for the associated registration and reporting obligations. To relieve the industry’ anxiety, the authority has held several seminars for policy dissemination, as well as providing important dialogue with the industry. The seminar materials can be accessed here[5]. However, the most important Guidance for Standard Registration is still a draft version and waits further development.

    Currently the FAQs document is only available in traditional Chinese. It provides answers to the following aspects:

    1. Regulatory mechanism: 90 questions
    2. Registration operation (including the submission system, change/repeal registration, etc.): 124 questions
    3. Registration number (in place of the registration document): 2 questions
    4. Joint registration and SIEF-like platform: 34 questions
    5. Standard registration and supporting measures of designated priority existing chemical substances: 89 questions
    6. Annual reporting: 59 questions
    7. Others (including cross-ministerial cooperation) : 22 questions

    The authority will keep updating the FAQ document upon receiving additional questions from seminars.

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