K-REACH Amendments Approved to Tighten Downstream Supervision
South Korea’s National Assembly approved on April 13, 2021 the amendments of the Act on Registration, Evaluation and etc. of Chemicals (K-REACH) as Law No. 18034. The amendments mainly relate to tightening the supervision on downstream users and sellers of chemical substances that have not been registered or notified or have not obtained confirmation for registration exemptions.
South Korea Requires Submitting Chemical Accident Prevention Management Plan from April 1
South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) implemented the revised Enforcement Rules of Chemical Control Act (CCA) on April 1, 2021, adopting a new reporting system for enterprises handling hazardous chemical substances. The previous off-site impact analysis report (for hazardous chemical substances) and risk management plan (only for chemicals requiring preparation for accidents) were integrated into a single chemical accident prevention management plan to avoid overlaps in submitting required information and expedite authority processing time.
China Issues 2021 National Inspection Plan for Product Quality
On March 29, 2021, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published the 2021 National Plan for Supervision and Sampling Inspection of Product Quality. The 2021 plan will focus more on consumer products and products for special populations. It will insist on unifying supervision of production and distribution of both online and offline businesses. Indicators regarding product safety and key performance will be the priority focus during inspection.