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Taiwan Proposes Amendment on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and Their Handling

Posted on: April 3, 2018

by Shanice Chia

Taiwan EPA emblem - read about amendments to Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling on psi.ul.comOn February 9, 2018, 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 public consultation period ended on April 10, 2018.

The guidelines were implemented in 2007 and have been revised 10 times throughout the years.  The recent amendment aims to improve food safety control and reduce the food safety risks faced by the public by introducing additional chemicals that are subject to the specifications.

What are the main changes?

1. Added 14 types of chemical substances as Category 4 toxic chemical substances:

  • Established the controlled concentration standards as 1%
  • Included the label requirements, such that the markings shall be written primarily in traditional Chinese, the area may not be smaller than 35% of the surface area and the color of the markings must contrast with the background color
  • Mandated the use of phrase “Not for use in food and animal feed” on the label of the container of these chemical substances

2. Added Pentachlorophenyl laurate as a Category 1 and Category 3 toxic chemical substance:

  • Established the controlled concentration standard as 0.01%
  • Prohibited the manufacturing, importing, selling and using of the chemical, except for the uses in research, testing and educational fields
  • Added the intended use of the chemical

3. Revised the controlled concentration standard of Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid to 0.01%

4. Added Perfluorooctanoic acid as Category 4 toxic chemical substance:

  • Established the controlled concentration standard as 0.01%

What are the expected actions?

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

Additional 14 types of chemical substances and Perfluorooctanoic acid under Category 4

Starting from January 1, 2018
  • Produce handling records, release quantity records and regular reports as stated in the guidelines
Before January 1, 2019
  • Complete the preparation work of containers, packaging and handling premises, facility markings as well as safety data sheets
Before July 1, 2019
  • Obtain approval documents for manufacturing, import, sale, use, storage and export activities

Pentachlorophenyl laurate and Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (concentration standards greater than 0.01% and less than 1%)

Starting from January 1, 2018
  • Produce handling records, release quantity records and regular reports as stated in the guidelines
Before January 1, 2019
  • File hazard prevention and response reports
  • Complete the preparation work of containers, packaging and handling premises, facility markings as well as safety data sheets
  • Prepare emergency response tools and equipment
Before April 1, 2019
  • File reports on the response equipment and the operation plans of detection/alert systems
  • Establish a toxic chemical substance defense organization
Before July 1, 2019
  • Process transport of toxic chemical substances as specified in the guidelines
  • Setup deployment of professional technical management personnel
  • Complete the setup of detection and alert systems
  • Obtain approval documents for manufacturing, import, sale, use, storage and export activities
Starting from July 1, 2019
  • Perform detailed investigations on the hazard prevention and response plans

Please see our previous blog articles for additional background information:
Taiwan Revises Guidelines on the Handling of Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances

Recommended Action Items:

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

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Keywords:

Taiwan
Taiwan Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act (TCSCA)
Toxic Chemical Substances
Food


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