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K-REACH Annual Report System will be Shut Down from 30 March 2019(2019-03-28)

According to Article 8 of the Amended K-REACH, the obligation of submitting an annual report under K-REACH has now been removed. The annual report system will be shut down from 30 March 2019. The annual report, which documents the uses and quantity of a substance, was to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment (MoE), and applied to manufacturers, importers or sellers of existing chemical substances (>1 ton per year). The report could also be accessed by the enterprise

Korea has Officially Issued Several Inventories under K-REACH Regulations(2019-01-29)

MOE of Korea has issued several supporting documents, including several inventories, to ensure the amended K-REACH regulations can be more standardized operated. MOE issued the draft concerning the lists of exempted substances, CMR substances and priority substances. Recently, MOE has released the official version of the above documents. Compared with the previous version, the list of exempted substances is adjusted from 48 to 44 substances (excluding the substances in Table

Revised K-REACH - The Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals(2019-01-23)

The Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (known as Korea REACH) passed the plenary session of the National Assembly in Korea on April 30, 2013 and has come into force on Jan 1, 2015. Dec. 2016, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) started to revise the K-REACH and the amended K-REACH came into force from 1 Jan. 2019. The purpose of K-REACH is to protect public health and the environment through these provisions: Registration of chemical Substances; Screening of h

South Korea MOE Released the Final List of CMR Substances, Priority Control Substances and Substances Exempted from Registration(2019-01-07)

28 Dec. 2018, South Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) released the final list of CMR substances, priority control substances and substances exempted from registration. The draft lists were released on 12 Oct. 2018. Compared with the draft version, the final lists are significantly amended. The number of substances in the CMR substance list is reduced from 544 to 364; the number of exempted substances is decreased to 44; and the number of priority control substances is redu

K-REACH Pre-registration Started from 1 Jan. 2019(2019-01-04)

1 Jan. 2019, the Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (the amended K-REACH) officially took effect. Enterprises’ obligations under this Act would be changed tremendously. For instance, the amended K-REACH introduced pre-registration, which would affect the regulatory compliance work of related enterprises. In accordance with the requirements of the amended K-REACH, manufacturers/importers that manufactured or imported at least one ton per year of an existing sub

How to Comply with the Amended K-REACH(2018-08-31)

Background: 1 Jan. 2015, Korea REACH (Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substance) officially took effect. According to the requirements of K-REACH, all new chemical substances and 510 priority existing chemicals (the annual manufacturing/ importing amount >= 1 ton) must submit registration applications to the competent authority. The 510 priority existing chemicals must be registered prior to 1 Jul. 2018. Meanwhile, enterprises manufacturing/ importing new s

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