Little Pro on 2017-05-08
The Korean Act on Registration and Evaluation, etc of Chemical Substances (also known as K-REACH) is not just about chemical substance registration. Like EU REACH, K-REACH also restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in consumer products and articles to protect human health and the environment. In this article, we will give you a brief introduction to the restricted substances list in South Korea and how to obtain the list.
The latest K-REACH restricted substances list (2017 version) restricts 12 chemical substances in various products such as paints, furniture and household products. The 12 chemical substances are:
You can find detailed restriction conditions for above chemical substances by inputting their CAS no. to the National Chemicals Information System(NCIS) below.
The table below is an example of restriction conditions for Formaldehyde.
|KE No.||Chemical Name||Restriction Conditions|
|Formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0] and any mixture containing not less than 1%;||
In March 2017, the MoE published Notice No. 2017-271 to amend the list of restricted substances under K-REACH. One amendment made is to restrict the use of Cr (VI) compounds in architectural paint .The consolidated list of restricted substances and their restriction conditions can be found in the notice below:
If you wish to obtain the English version of above notice for a small fee, please contact us. Please note that K-REACH also maintains a list of prohibited substances and the manufacture/use of those substances is strictly prohibited. If you purchase the English version of the list of restricted substances, you can get the English version of the list of prohibited substances free of charge.
The Article 27 of K-REACH (Designation, etc. of Restricted or Prohibited Substances) states that: Where a chemical substance falls under any of the following, the Minister of Environment (MoE) shall designate and announce the relevant chemical substance as a restricted or prohibited substance after consultation with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies and deliberation by the Evaluation Committee as prescribed by Presidential Decree:
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