The Korea Existing Chemicals List (KECL) is jointly released by the Korean Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Employment and Labor, which includes the following substances:
1) Substances used for commercial purposes in South Korea before February 2, 1991, and was notified by the government before December 23, 1996;
2) Substances have completed toxicological assessments under the TCCA and have been notified since February 2, 1991.
The existing chemicals in South Korea will be assigned a KE Number respectively. In some special cases, a toxic substance without a KE number shall also be classified as an existing chemical.
► Chemicals not listed in the KECL are new chemical substances. Official registrations or notification is required before production/ import.
Under the K-REACH, notification is required for new chemical substances in quantities ≤ 0.1t/a, while registration based on the specified tonnage data requirements shall be completed for new chemical substances in quantities ≥ 0.1t/a.
► Substances listed in the KECL and classified as priority existing chemicals (PEC) shall complete registrations prior to its production, import and use.
► Substances listed in KECL but are classified as PEC shall complete (pre-) registrations prior to its production, import and use.
► Companies that have completed registration shall provide hazard information to the downstream users, including Form 25 and Form 26.
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Regulations and standards
► Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE)
The following substances are exempted:
- Radioactive materials defined in Article 2, subparagraph 5 of the Nuclear Safety Act;
- Medicinal and quasi-drugs defined in Article 2, subparagraph 4 and subparagraph 7 of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act;
- Narcotics defined in the Narcotics Control Act;
- Cosmetics and raw materials used for cosmetics defined in the Cosmetics Act;
- Pesticides and active ingredients defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1 and subparagraph 3 of the Pesticide Control Act;
- Fertilizers defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1 of the Fertilizer Control Act;
- Foods, food additives, apparatus and containers defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Food Sanitation Act;
- Feed defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1 of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act;
- Explosives defined in Article 2, subparagraph 3 of the Act on Control of Guns, Swords, and Explosives;
- Munitions defined in Article 2 of the Act on the Management of Military Supplies and Article 3, subparagraph 2 of the Defense Acquisition Program Act (excluding ordinary commodities prescribed in Article 3 of the Act on the Management of Military Supplies);
- Health functional foods defined in Article 3, subparagraph 1 of the Health Functional Foods Act;
- Medical devices defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1 of the Medical Devices Act;
- Hygiene products defined in Article 2, subparagraph 1 of the Hygiene Products Control Act;
- Biocidal substances and biocidal products defined in Article 3, subparagraphs 7 and 8 of the Act on Safety Control of Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides;
- Raw materials for organic agricultural and fishery products.
How to obtain the list?
- Click here to search for the latest inventory
- Search on the official website: https://ncis.nier.go.kr/en/main.do
- Contact CIRS Group to purchase the latest version (in Excel)
- K-REACH Only Representative
- K-REACH Pre-registration
- K-REACH Registration
- General consultancy and training
- New Substance Inquiry
- MOE Registration Exemption Application
- Risk assessment report
- Review and translation of Test monitoring and research reports
- Preparation of Korean SDS and label
- Regulatory update monitoring
- New substance registration under KOSHA
- Korean Designated Laboratory or GLP Laboratory Test Project Commissioning
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