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Korea Adopts Proposed Handling Limits for 39 New Toxic Substances (Updated Apr 11, 2024)

The 39 toxic substances that were newly designated in early 2024 are provided with upper and lower handling limits for submitting a chemical accident prevention management plan.


By the MoE Announcement No. 2024-77 issued on 11 April 2024, South Korea's MoE adopted the proposed handling quantity limits for certain newly designated toxic substances (NIER Given No. 2023-1-1174 ~ 2023-1-1212), which came into force immediately. Besides, the substance "Acetic anhydride" has been deleted from Annex 1.

The announcement is available here


On March 15, 2024, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) opened a public consultation on the proposed limits for certain toxic substances (NIER Given No. 2024-1-1174 ~ 2024-1-1212), which were newly designated in early 2024 (CL news). Comments are welcome before April 2, 2024.

Under K-CCA, toxic substances, restricted substances, prohibited substances and the substances subject to authorization are required to submit a chemical accident prevention management plan if exceeding the corresponding handling limits. The concerned chemical lists are attached to the Stipulated Quantities for Toxic Substances, Restricted Substances, Prohibited Substances, and Substances Subject to Authorization (hereinafter referred to as the Regulation), including Annex 1 for toxic substances, Annex 2 for restricted substances, and Annex 3 for prohibited substances. As for the substances subject to authorization, eleven candidate substances for authorization under K-REACH have been proposed, including benzene, bisphenol A, DBP, BBP, etc. (CL news). Currently, no substances are in the Authorization List.

This time the proposed amendments to the Regulation are for Annex 1 toxic substances. Details are available here (See Page 57~59, marked in red).

According to K-CCA and the Regulation, for a target chemical, exceeding the upper handling limit requires submitting the Grade 1 chemical accident prevention management plan, while the Grade 2 chemical accident prevention management plan can apply if it only exceeds the lower handling limit.

The official notice is available here.

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