Taiwan’s Toxic and Chemical Substance Bureau (TCSB) plans to delay the start of standard registration for 106 priority existing chemicals (Pecs) until 1 January 2020, according to a TCSB official. It was previously scheduled for 1 July this year.
The delay is a consequence of the long-awaited draft revisions to the Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Substance Registration, which has also been held up. The Regulation creates the Pec registration rules.
"We must give manufacturers and importers a buffer period of at least six months, so we decided that the most convenient date to begin Pecs registration would be 1 January 2020," said Hsu Chung-hao, section chief in the TCSB’s evaluation management division.
Mr Hsu told Chemical Watch that these revisions "may be enacted as soon as the end of February or by the end of March at the latest".
Last November, the TCSB anticipated the revised regulation would be promulgated by the end of the year. But this was delayed by the resignation of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) premier Lai Ching-te and his cabinet, after major setbacks in last November’s local elections.
In line with Article 17 of the rules, companies manufacturing or importing any substance from the Pecs list will be required to complete standard registrations:
- for annual volumes of 100 tonnes or above, by the end of 2022; or
- for annual volumes of 1-100 tonnes, by the end of 2023.
More details available on CW+AsiaHub
Dennis Engbarth in Taipei City