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Taiwan EPA proposes to change toxicity class of 3 substances

On the 7th November, Taiwan’s EPA published Notice No. 1078000555, draft amendment on Categories and Management of Handling for Toxic Chemical Substances, which changed the toxicity class of 3 substances.

The 3 substances are controlled by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The amendment proposes to limit/ban the uses of the substances, as shown below:

  • Decabromobiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE) (CAS No. 1163-19-5) is classified as a Class 1 and Class 2 toxic substance, the concentration threshold 1% and the large-scale handling standard is 50 tonnes
  • Deca-BDE is banned for production of home appliances
  • Deca-BDE can be used for R&D, spare parts of automobiles and aircraft, fire retardant material, insulated polyurethane foam (special conditions apply)
  • Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) (CAS No. 85535-84-8) is classified as Class 1 toxic substance, the concentration threshold is 1% and the large-scale handling standard is 100 tonnes
  • SCCPs can be used for R&D, conveyor belt made of rubber, leather additive, lubricating oil additive, light bulb, waterproof and fireproof coatings, binder, metal treatment, plasticizer for soft polyvinyl chloride
  • Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) is banned for all uses except for research and testing.

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