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Malaysia CLASS Regulation

The Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet of Hazardous Chemicals (CLASS) Regulation is Malaysia's regulation adopting GHS. While it is not applicable to manufactured articles, e.g. cookware, it contains a requirement for importers of chemicals and mixtures to submit and inventory of hazardous chemicals by 31 March, 2016.

South Korea Chemicals Control Act (CCA)

The CCA was adopted in 2013 in response to several major chemical accidents. The CCA is similar to the US Emergency Planning and Community Rite to Know Act of 1986 (known as EPCRA of SARA). The specific requirements of the CCA are still in development as of October 2014; however the general structure requires notification of the presence of hazardous substances in products, registration and approval of facilities handling hazardous substances, development of facility emergency controls/plans for those substances, and reporting of releases.

South Korea REACH (K-REACH)

Beginning on January 1, 2015 K-REACH replaces the Korean Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TCCA) regulating chemicals substances in Korea. K-REACH is modeled after the EU REACH regulations; however it contains several important differences. First, importers and manufacturers must submit an annual report on the amount of chemicals and polymers imported or manufactured in quantities > 1 tonne (2,205 lbs.) by April 30th of the following year. The first report will be due April 30, 2016 and must be submitted by the manufacturer, importer or qualified Korean Approved Representative (AR).

Second, importers, manufacturers, or ARs must also register substances and polymers. Unlike the EU, K-REACH does not exempt polymers, and, in doing so, it avoids the difficulties of associated with EU requirements for registration of monomers for imported polymers. Timing for completion of these registrations has not been provided and details on which substances will require registration have not been provided.

Finally, while K-REACH contains provisions for restricting the use of specific toxic substances, it does not contain authorisation requirements, including identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and the associated notification requirements.

Taiwan Toxic Chemical Control Act (TCSCA)

Effective December 11, 2014, new chemical control regulations are effective in Taiwan. These regulations require the notification of existing and new substances. Importers must report information on each chemical substance imported in quantities >100 kg/year. Reporting must be completed between October 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. After March 31, 2016, the Taiwan EPA will publish a schedule for registering all existing substances in several phases beginning in June 2016 and continuing through June 2021.


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