by Shanice Chia
On May 12, 2017, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Executive Yuan published a notice on the TCSCA Draft Amendment. The public comment period ended on July 11, 2017.
The main change of TCSCA lies with the introduction of “Chemical Substances of Concern” as a new category of regulated chemical substances. This category refers to chemical substances with the endocrine disruption characteristics, that are scientifically proven to cause environmental pollution, or are presumed to endanger human health based on domestic and international concern, and are officially announced by the central competent authority.
Below is a comparison between the drafted TCSCA amendment and the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulations (EU REACH).
Please see our previous blog articles for additional background information on TSCSA:
- 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
For additional information on Endocrine Disruptors in EU Regulations, please see our blog article:
Recommended Action Items
- Review your products to see if they meet the definition of the new proposed category of chemical substances.
- Become familiar with and follow the status of the proposed TCSCA draft amendment.
- Watch for the announcement of the finalized TCSCA amendment and corresponding effective date.
“Notice on TCSCA Draft Amendment (預告修正「毒性化學物質管理法」草案)”. 行政院環境保護署. N.p., 12 May 2017. Web. 11 July 2017 (only available in Traditional Chinese)
“REACH”. European Chemicals Agency. Web. 10 July 2017
“REACH”. European Commission. Web. 11 July 2017