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South Korea Consults on 14 Substances into Existing Chemical Substance Inventory

14 substances will be added to South Korea’s Existing Chemicals Inventory. They were domestically circulated in South Korea before February 2, 1991.

Latest update: 

MoE added 15 substances (KE-19-0001~KE-19-0015) into the KECI ON April 14, 2020. See ChemLinked news.

MoE consulted on supplementation of another two chemical substances (KE-19-0015 and KE-19-0016) by MoE Notice No.2020-67 on January 30, 2020. The public consultation ended on February 21, 2020.

Published on January 21, 2020 by MoE Notice No. 2020-33[1], South Korea's Ministry of Environment (MoE) is now consulting on supplementation of 14 chemical substances (KE-19-0001~KE-19-0014) into the Korea Existing Chemicals Inventory[2] (KECI). Any comments are welcome before February 10, 2020.

The KECI contains 44,476 existing substances[3] (updated May 8, 2019), including: 

  • Annex 1 of 37,089 chemical substances domestically circulated in Korea before February 2, 1991; and

  • Annex 2 of 7,387 chemical substances published by MoE after hazard evaluation under TCCA after Feb 2, 1991.

The 14 substances (details accessible here[4]) will be added into the Annex 1 of the KECI.

The completeness of KECI is a prerequisite for chemical registration under K-REACH. K-REACH[5] requires all existing chemicals manufactured/imported in quantities of one tonne per year or more to be registered. Pre-registered existing substances will be granted a grace period to manufacture/import before the corresponding phase-in registration deadline. Substances not listed in the KECI are regarded as new chemical substances subject to new chemical substance registration. However, for new chemical substances<100kg/y, they only require notification rather than registration. 

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