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Taiwan Announces Amendments to Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic Chemical Substances and Abolition of Approval Regulations for Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances

Posted on: January 21, 2020

by Xunyao Fu, PhD.

finger pointing at stylized paper - learn more about Taiwan's announcementTaiwan’s key law for chemical control, Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (毒性化學物質管理法), was amended and renamed Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act (毒性及關注化學物質管理法) on January 16, 2019. Based on the additional requirements on concerned chemical substances, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Executive Yuan published the amendment to Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic Chemical Substances (毒性化學物質許可登記核可管理辦法) and renamed it to Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances (毒性及關注化學物質許可登記核可管理辦法) to have the full coverage for Class 1 to Class 4 toxic chemical substances and concerned chemical substances. Therefore, Approval Regulations for Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances were announced to be abolished on the same date, since the provisions on Class 4 toxic chemical substances have been merged into the Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances.

The new Regulations were promulgated according to the requirements of Article 8-5 (Class 4 toxic chemical substances), Article 13-5 (Class 1 to Class 3 toxic chemical substances) and Article 25-3 (concerned chemical substances) of the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act. Handling activities defined by the Regulations include manufacture, import, export, sell, use and storage. Toxic and concerned chemical substances handlers shall apply for permits, registration documents and approval documents for their activities with the local special municipality, county or city competent authority where the site is located. The handlers shall obtain the storage registration document or approval document before they can apply for the other permits, registration documents and approval documents associated with different activities.

The required documents for different application are summarized by the attachments in the Regulations:

  • Attachment 1: Permits for Class 1 to Class 3 toxic chemical substances;
  • Attachment 2: Registration documents for Class 1 to Class 3 toxic chemical substances;
  • Attachment 3: Approval documents for toxic chemical substances and concerned chemical substances with hazardous properties;
  • Attachment 4: Approval documents for other concerned chemical substances.

The Regulations took effect immediately upon publication. The handlers shall make permits, registration documents or approval documents open to the public on the website appointed by the central competent authority; the personal information doesn’t need to be disclosed. For those who obtained permits, registration documents or approval documents before the implementation of the amended Regulations, they need to disclose the information before January 17, 2021.

Recommended Action Items:

  • Check if you handle any toxic or concerned chemical substances;
  • Apply for necessary permits, registration documents or approval documents depending on the activities if the application hasn’t been carried out.

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References:

The Executive Yuan Gazette News Online on the Amendment of Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic Chemical Substances, January 15, 2020. (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese) https://gazette.nat.gov.tw/egFront/detail.do?metaid=112645&log=detailLog

The Executive Yuan Gazette News Online on Abolition of Approval Regulations for Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances, January 15, 2020. (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese) https://gazette.nat.gov.tw/egFront/detail.do?metaid=112634&log=detailLog

Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic Chemical Substances https://law.moj.gov.tw/ENG/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=O0060038

Approval Regulations for Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese) https://law.moj.gov.tw/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=O0060042

Keywords:

Taiwan, Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances, Permit, Registration, Approval


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