The act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (known as Korea REACH or K-REACH) came into force on January 1 2015. The purpose of this act like EU REACH is to protect human health and the environment through these provisions:
- Registration of chemical substances
- Screening of hazardous substances
- Hazard and risk assessment of products containing chemical and hazardous substances.
- Sharing information of chemical substance
Around 150 pre-existing priority substances have already or are in the process of being registered. Tin metal is not one of these chemicals but will need to be registered by 2020 if imported over 1000 tonnes per annum.
Similar to EU REACH, foreign manufacturers exporting chemical substances to South Korea may appoint an Only Representative (OR) to fulfil relevant obligations under K-REACH.
Neither the REACH Tin Metal Consortium nor the International Tin Association do not hold the data rights for importing tin into Korea, only for the EU market.
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