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Regulations - Navigating chemical legislation in Asia

Talk 1: Chemical regulations in Japan
Emi Nomoto, SCC Scientific Consulting Company Japan, Japan

The presentation will introduce the Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL) and Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHL), which are chemical regulations in Japan, as well as the regulation of food contact materials. Regarding the CSCL, it introduces the summary, notification process of new chemical substances and recent trends of the authorities. The Safety and Health Act will be explained it in comparison with CSCL and REACH. In addition, a part of the Food Sanitation Act. has been revised recently, so its outline will be explained.

Talk 2:  Chemical Control Legislation in Korea: K-REACH, K-BPR and K-OSHA
Dieter Drohmann, Chemservice, Germany

The Act on the Registration & Evaluation of Chemicals (known as Korea-REACH) is reflecting very much the same principles as EU REACH. This law is well known and in the middle of its implementation. Pre-registrations have been completed, SIEFs (CICOs) formed and registrations for Tier 1 substances, to be registered until 31.12.2021, are in progress. However, it should be noted that beside K-REACH two additional regulations are of interest for Korean manufacturers or importers and exporters in or to Korea.
The Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety Act, also known as K-BPR, regulates consumer chemical products, biocidal products and treated articles. The regulation came into force on 1st Jan. 2019 and from 1st January 2020 onwards, biocidal products and treated articles containing active substances have to be fully approved before being imported and made available on the market. Existing active substances, pre-notified under K-BPR, enjoy an approval grace period, during which they can be further manufactured and imported (e.g. as biocidal active substances or as biocidal products).

In addition, the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Act (K-OSHA) was amended. It sets out new obligations for chemical manufacturers and importers, including the disclosure of composition information and submission of safety data sheets (SDS) to the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MoEL). For non-Korean manufacturers exporting chemicals to Korea, the Only Representative was also introduced in the K-OSHA Amendment to take over the disclosure and SDS Submission responsibility in order to protect confidential information. OR eligibility under K-OSHA is expected to be the same as under K-REACH.

The presentation highlights all three regulations and summarises them accordingly.

Talk 3: Introduction of the New China REACH (MEE Order No.12)
Li Xiang, Chemical Inspection & Regulation Service (CIRS), Ireland

This presentation features the new China REACH (MEE Order No.12). It will feature a background of China REACH as well as the main requirements and updates of the New China REACH regulation. Moreover, attendees will receive compliance advice from CIRS.

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