Type of Notification
regular notification
Date of Distribution
WTO Country
Agency Responsible
Ministry of Environment
Regions Affected
Documents are available from the Ministry of Environment(www.me.go.kr). Also available from: Chemical Safety Division Ministry of Environment Building #6, 11, Doum 6-ro, Sejong, 30103 Republic of Korea Tel.: (+82) 44 201 6840 Fax: (+82) 44 201 6830 E-mail: hriver@korea.kr Website: http://www.me.go.kr
Notified Document Details
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Draft partial amendment of the Chemicals Control Act</p>
ICS Code
Covered Products
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Chemical substances subject to submission of chemicals verification result in accordance with the existing Chemicals Control Act, including chemicals subject to import declaration</p>
Description of Content

1) The Ministry of Environment (ME) integrates the existing two regulations, which are the submission of the verification result of manufactured or imported chemicals and the import declaration of toxic substances, into a single regulation: “Notification of Chemicals Verification”. Under the regulation, the government issues unique “Universal Chemical Tracking Number” to chemical substance to track and manage its use, storage and sales on the market.

2) The ME makes a legal ground that overseas manufacturer can appoint a representative and entrust the appointee with obligations of importer, including notification of chemicals verification, so that overseas manufacturer can protect its CBI and the government may impose penalty when false information is notified.

3) Off-site consequence analysis is not required to the laboratories of universities and research institutes, the facilities of elementary, middle and high schools, and a person who handles chemical substance in very small amount.

4) As regular and irregular examinations are performed in accordance with the Chemicals Control Act and the Act on Establishment of Safe Laboratory Environment in duplicate, the ME integrates them into an annual regular examination under the Act on Establishment of Safe Laboratory Environment.


Objectives & Rationale
<p style="margin:2px !important;">It needs to enhance the existing chemicals verification regulation swiftly in order to identify and understand which chemical substance causes a chemical accident when it occurs, and take appropriate safety measures.</p>
Relevant Documents
  • Ministry of Environment Public Notice No. 2018-368 (3 May 2018), No. 2018-873 (28 Nov. 2018).
Proposed Date of Adoption
Proposed Date of Entry Into Force
Final Date of Comments
Contact Details
Technical Barriers to Trade(TBT) Division Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) 93, Isu-ro, Maengdong-myeon, Eumseong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, 27737 Republic of Korea Tel.: (+82) 43 870 5525 Fax: (+82) 43 870 5682 E-mail: tbt@korea.kr Website: http://www.knowtbt.kr
Document Online Link (EN)
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