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Korea (TCCA and K-REACH)

The Korean Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TCCA) was implemented in 1991 by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) for the overall management and control of industrial chemicals in Korea. The National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) is responsible for new chemical notification under the Act. Korea Chemicals Management Association (KCMA) of MoE is responsible for accepting declaration for details of other chemicals and application for confirmation certificate.

The South Korean Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) was adopted by the National Assembly on April 30 2013 and published in the official Gazette on May 22, 2013. K-REACH is proposed to be implemented on 1st January 2015 and will require the registration and notification of manufactured and imported chemical substances, substances with potential to be hazardous to human health or the environment, and products containing hazardous substances.

Manufacturers, importers and sellers of new or existing chemical substances into South Korea need to be aware that substances deemed to be of concern to human health or the environment, then volume and use reporting as well as registration and notification of the substance to the MoE may be required before manufacture or importation of the substance will be permitted. Exemption opportunities are available in certain circumstances.  There also are obligations for suppliers of registered substances to provide information on those substances to downstream users and distributors.

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