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Taiwan EPA Drafts Amendment to Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances & the Management of Their Handling

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Taiwanby Xunyao Fu, PhD

On November 2, 2018, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) drafted an amendment to the Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling.

Background

The Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling was originally published in 2007 and has been amended eleven times.

Due to the control tendency of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants, Taiwan proposed the following changes in order to make the Guidelines consistent with stipulations of the Stockholm Convention:

  1. Revised the classification of Decabromodiphenyl ether from a Category 4 toxic chemical substance to a Category 1 and 2 toxic chemical substance with a control concentration standard of 1%.
  2. Added Short chain chlorinated paraffins as a Category 1 toxic chemical substance with a control concentration standard of 1%.
  3. Added prohibited items for handling of Decabromodiphenyl ether, Short chain chlorinated paraffins and Hexachlorobutadiene.
  4. Revised and added the allowed usages of Decabromodiphenyl ether, Short chain chlorinated paraffins and Hexachlorobutadiene.
  5. Included improvement deadlines for Decabromodiphenyl ether and Short chain chlorinated paraffins.

The public comment period on the draft began on November 7, 2018 (i.e. when the draft was published on the official gazette), and will last for 30 days.

For additional background information on the Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling, check out the follow articles:

Next Steps

  • Understand the changes and how they affect your company.
  • Watch for the announcement of the finalized, amended Guidelines.

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Useful Information (available in Traditional Chinese only)

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADMINISTRATION, EXECUTIVE YUAN Notice, to commence a period of public comment for the draft amendment on Appendix 1 of Bulletin 1, Appendix 2 of Bulletin 2, Appendix 3 of Bulletin 3 and Appendix 4 of Bulletin 4 of “Categories and Management of Handling for Toxic Chemical Substance” (預告「列管毒性化學物質及其運作管理事項」第1項附表1、第2項附表2、第3項附表3、第4項附表4修正草案). Issued on November 2, 2018. https://gazette2.nat.gov.tw/EG_FileManager/eguploadpub/eg024212/ch07/type3/gov60/num25/Eg.htm

Environmental Protection Agency, Laws and Regulations Retrieving System. “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).” Revised on June 28, 2018. https://oaout.epa.gov.tw/law/LawContent.aspx?id=GL006016&KeyWord=%E5%88%97%E7%AE%A1%E6%AF%92%E6%80%A7%E5%8C%96%E5%AD%B8%E7%89%A9%E8%B3%AA%E5%8F%8A%E5%85%B6%E9%81%8B%E4%BD%9C%E7%AE%A1%E7%90%86%E4%BA%8B%E9%A0%85

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Taiwan, Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling, Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances, Taiwan EPA