Taiwan’s standard registration for 106 Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs) at or above one ton a year began on January 1, 2020. According to the Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Registration (hereafter referred to as the “Regulation”), the registration deadlines for PECs are differentiated based on the volume indicated when applying for phase 1 registration (pre-registration/late pre-registration) and the date on which the phase 1 registration code is obtained. Basically the standard registration for the PECs should be completed within 2 to 3 years.
However, in view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the chemical industry, Taiwan’s Toxic and Chemical Substance Bureau (TCSB), after multiple discussions, has decided to extend the registration deadline for the 106 PECs for at least one year. According to the official from the TCSB, there is also the possibility of unifying the deadline to the end of 2023 regardless of the annual volume of the PECs.
The TCSB has started a legal revision of the Regulation to align with the possible extension. As planned, there will be about two months to solicit public comments after the release of draft amendment and a series of public hearings will be organized by TCSB.