By June Kang
The KCMA (Korea Chemicals Management Association) annual seminar 2014 hosted by KCMA and sponsored by Ministry of Environment (MOE) took place on November 13 and 14, 2014 in Jeju, Korea. On the first day, two invited speakers from the Chinese and Japanese governments presented recent chemical regulation updates of their own countries.
This was followed by two presentations. Mr. Seoung-joon Lee of Korea’s MOE presented “Systematization for Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances.” During the presentation, Mr. Lee went over the general scope of K-REACH (Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances) with some updates on future plans. For registration, K-REACH will allow the omission of test data when the experiment execution is impossible and no possible damage to the human body or environmental exposure is expected. On the contrary, the current TCCA (Toxic Chemicals Control Act) does not allow any exceptions for test data. MOE will try to rationalize the registration process similar to EU-REACH. Mr. Lee also stated that the announcement of Safety Standards for household chemicals products is scheduled for April 1, 2015.
On the second day, Mr. Sam-Rae Cho, KCMA’s Executive Director, described the process for selection of the existing chemicals subject to registration and the result of that review. After the review, 7.4% of substances circulated 1 tonne per year or more and 14.8% of substances circulated 1000 tonne per year or more were selected as candidate substances. Mr. Cho finished his presentation by providing MOE’s and KCMA’s future plan to support the industry to enable registration process to be easy and simple.
The KCMA seminar was held successfully with over 200 hundreds attendees from Korea’s chemical industry as well as Chinese and Japanese government and other foreign companies including ChemADVISOR.