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Nitrous Oxide Listed as Concerned Chemical in Taiwan

Taiwan EPA lists nitrous oxide as the first concerned chemical substance under TCCSCA. The tighter regulations took effect immediately while leaving six months for current handlers to obtain the approval for its manufacture, import, sale, use and storage.

In effect from October 30, 2020, nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, has been listed by Taiwan EPA as the first concerned chemical substance[1] under the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act [2](TCCSCA). Its production, import, sale, use and storage are subject to tightened regulations to tackle the growing misuse issues. According to the TCCSCA, concerned chemical substances refers to chemical substances (not toxic chemical substances) that either pollute the environment or are a suspected threat to human health based on substance characteristics.

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