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Taiwan Drafts Amendment on Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling

Posted on: July 31, 2017

by Shanice Chia

On April 25, 2017, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) drafted an amendment on the Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling. The amendment is expected to be adopted on August 1, 2017 and enter into force on January 1, 2018.

The Guidelines were published on December 17, 2007 in accordance to the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA) Article 7, Article 11 and Article 25 Paragraph 4. The draft amendment serves as an action taken by EPA to deal with the recent food safety incidences and the presence of illegal chemical substances in the food supply chain. A total of 13 types of chemical substances were pre-announced as toxic chemical substances in the amendment. Their related activities such as import, manufacture, export and transport will be strictly controlled.

What are the changes?

1. Changed the Chinese name of Chromium carbonyl and its control standard to chromium concentration above 1%

2. Added 13 types of chemical substances as Category 4 toxic chemical substances:

3. Removed list of improvement deadlines for Hexabromocyclododecane, α-hexabromocyclododecane, β-hexabromocyclododecane, γ-hexabromocyclododecane and 2, 4-diisocyanate

What are the expected actions?

For the newly added toxic chemical substances, the stakeholders must complete the obligations within the specified deadlines:

  • Complete the scheduled declaration by January 2018;
  • Complete the required labelling and marking by June 2018;
  • Obtain approvals for the handling of the regulated substances by December 2018.

Please see our previous blog articles for additional background information on TCSCA:

Taiwan Amends the Labor Safety and Health Act/Delays Action on the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act

Taiwan Adopts Revised TCSCA

Taiwan Conducts Public Hearing Session on Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA) Draft Amendment

{ Recommended Action Items }

  • Understand the changes and how they affect your company.
  • Complete the obligations within the specified deadlines.
  • Watch for the announcement of the finalized, amended Guidelines.

References:

“Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade – Notification – The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu – Toxic chemical substances”. World Trade Organization. N.p., 17 July 2017. Web. 21 July 2017

“Environmental Protection Administration Announced 13 Types of Toxic Chemical Substances to Improve on Food Safety (環保署預告列管13種毒化物 協力提升食品安全).” 環保署新聞專區. N.p., 25 April 2017. Web. 21 July 2017 (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese)

“Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling (列管毒性化學物質及其運作管理事項).” 環保署主管法規查詢系統. N.p., 10 May 2017. Web. 21 July 2017 (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese)

 


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