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Korea MoE Issues Amendments to Stipulated Quantities for Toxic, Restricted, Prohibited and Authorized Substances

On July 5, 2021, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) announced the updates to the Regulations on the Stipulated Quantities for Toxic Substances, Restricted Substances, Prohibited Substances and Substances Subject to Authorization[1] by MoE Announcement No.2021-134[2], which came into effect immediately.

The updates include:

  • Updating the details of three toxic chemical substances (Given No. 97-1-9, 97-1-423, and 2017-1-762) that were previously designated; and

  • Adding 48 substances (Given No.2021-1-1009~2021-1-1056) with upper and lower handling limits, which were designated as toxic chemical substances after hazard evaluation under K-REACH in February and June this year (ChemLinked news[3]).

The Regulation is formulated to facilitate the submission of chemical accident prevention management plan for handling hazardous chemical substances, which is a new requirement under the Chemical Control Act (CCA) from April 1, 2021 (ChemLinked news[4]). The Regulation contains three annexes indicating the upper and lower handling limits for toxic substances (Annex 1), restricted substances (Annex 2) and prohibited substances (Annex 3). Grade 2 or Grade 1 chemical accident prevention management plan shall be submitted for hazardous chemical substances exceeding corresponding lower and upper handling limits.

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