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SGS Announces Taiwan Has Enacted Regulation on New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration.

Taipei, Taiwan, April 10, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration

The newly published regulation will require Taiwan manufacturers or importers of chemicals to submit applications for registration to the EPA. The information required includes identification of the registrant and substances, substances manufactured or imported and their uses, hazards classification and labeling, physical and chemical properties, toxicological and eco-toxicological information as well as hazard and exposure assessments. A measure similar to the Only Representative (OR) under REACH in the European Union (EU) was created to assist non-Taiwan exporters to carry out their registration responsibilities.

Scope of Chemical Substances Registration

According to Taiwan REACH, the scope applies to a chemical substance on its own, and in a mixture.

The regulation does not apply to the following substances:

1. Substances which occur in nature

2. Chemical substances in machines or equipment for test‐run purposes

3. Inseparable intermediates from chemical reactions in the reaction vessel or production process

4. Chemical substances for national defense purposes

5. Chemical substances under customs supervision

6. Waste

7. By-product or impurity that is of no commercial application

8. Mixtures. Exemption is not applicable to the individual chemical constituents of the mixtures

9. Articles

10. A polymer for which the 2% rule is applicable and listed on the inventory of existing chemical substances, or that is a new chemical substance meeting the 2% rule

11. Products governed by specific laws such as cosmetics and food

Regulated Chemicals Divided into Two Groups

The regulated chemical substances on their own or in mixtures are separated into 2 groups:

- Existing chemical substances and

- New chemical substances.

An existing and new chemical substance can be determined per the graphics within the latest SafeGuards bulletin (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-05015-taiwan-reach-a4-en-15.pdf).

Phase 1 Registration - Existing Chemical Substances

In accordance with Article 18, phase 1 registration shall be an obligation for an importer or manufacturer from 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016 when an existing chemical substance has been manufactured or imported in a quantity of 100 kg or more per year in the last 3 years, or with an annual quantity of 100 kg or above in any 1 of the last 3 years. After 1 April 2016, phase 1 registration applies to an existing chemical substance that is manufactured or imported in a quantity of 100 kg or more per year for the first time.

New Chemical Registration-New Chemical Substances

The registration of new chemical substances became effective on 11 December 2014. There are 4 types of registration and these are dependent on the type of chemical and the annual quantity.

Registration requirements for new chemical substances are summarized in a series of graphics and tables within the latest SafeGuards bulletin (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-05015-taiwan-reach-a4-en-15.pdf).

Information Dissemination and Business Secret Protection

The chemical substance information granted under registration, unless intended to be kept confidential, shall be made public.

REACH Compliance

Penalty

A manufacturer or importer selling or transferring an existing chemical substance or a new chemical substance shall take the initiative to present registration number, registration document or other identifiable labels as granted under registration.

According to Article 7(1) of the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, a civil penalty will be imposed on manufacturers or importers of chemical substances without a grant. Those who do not make corrections by the deadline may be fined per violation, and be ordered to suspend manufacturing or importing.

Others

There are many provisions that are similar to REACH in the EU, including joint registration and an IT tool system.

Reference:

Taiwan EPA, Taiwan REACH (http://tcscachemreg.epa.gov.tw/content/masterpage/index.aspx)

About SGS Chemical Testing Services

SGS is committed to providing up to date information on the latest regulations and policies concerning the use of hazardous substances in consumer products (http://www.sgs.com/reach). Furthermore, through its global expertise and network of chemical labs, SGS offers support in ensuring products comply with relevant hazardous substances requirements on all relevant markets around the world. Whether hazardous substances testing or other third party verification, certification or inspection services, SGS is ideally positioned to satisfy all its clients' business needs.

For further information, please contact an SGS representative.

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.

Contact Information:

SGS Consumer Testing Services

Richie Chang

+886 2 22993279 3136

Contact via Email

http://www.sgs.com/reach

Supervisor, Multi Chemical laboratory

SGS Taiwan Ltd.

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