Chemicals management in South Korea is currently undergoing a major overhaul. The Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (AREC), also known as K-REACH, took effect from 1 January 2015. Currently the Act requires manufacturers and importers of:
Currently, K-REACH also requires manufacturers, importers and sellers to report information about substances to the South Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE). The tonnage limit for reporting existing substances is 1 tonne/year or more, but there is no limit for new substances. K-REACH also regulates products and products of risk concern. The definition and management of ‘products’ under K-REACH is distinct from that of ‘articles’ under REACH.
At the end of 2016, the MOE proposed plans to significantly amend the regulation and introduce registration deadlines for all existing substances ≥ 1 tonne/year. The revised Act is expected to closely mirror REACH, adopting many of the same concepts (including pre-registration) and regulating both new and existing substances under a single system.
*New substances are defined as substances that are not on the Korean Existing Chemicals List (KECL).
We can help to assess your company’s chemical substances and products, identify which duties apply and advise on the best strategy towards compliance. Our Regulatory Impact Assessments summarise the process, costs and timelines for registration, allowing you to make effective business decisions about your products.
The Yordas Group has significant experience in submitting Registrations for a wide range of substances. Our regulatory consultants work very closely with our scientific experts throughout the Registration process on:
To submit a registration under K-REACH, companies not located in South Korea must appoint a South Korean Only Representative. Yordas can provide an Only Representative to represent your company for the purpose of submitting notifications.
Yordas can support you at every stage, from classification of substances and mixtures, advising on labelling requirements (including font or hazard pictogram size, hazard and precautionary statement selection) and authoring Safety Data Sheets in the format and language required. We also can research and fill any gaps in your data.