Welcome to GPC Korea

GPC South Korea, aka Sustainability Support Service (SSS) Korea, is the South Korean branch of the GPC group.

GPC Korea provides global chemical regulatory compliance services including Only Representative (OR) for non-Korean chemical manufacturers and exporters who need to comply with K-REACH. As an OR, GPC Korea ensures K-REACH compliance and prepares necessary technical dossiers such as Safety Data Sheet (SDS), Chemical Safety Report (CSR), phys-chem and toxic data. 

GPC Korea also provides Korean chemical manufacturers and exporters a complete Regulatory Compliance Service and Advisory for all non-Korean destinations through GPC's other global offices and partners. 

For additional details please refer to Regulation, News and FAQs tabs on the right side bar. 

For any further questions please book a Free Regulatory Compliance Consultation by writing to us at [email protected]


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Latest News

K-REACH: the MoE proposed to change the K-Reach subordinate rules

On November 2, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in South Korea announced the revised K-REACH rules. The reason is to ensure effective implementation of the K-REACH regulation. Four main revisions were proposed:

1. Registrants can have an extended deadline when changing the tonnage band and chemical usage of the registered substances

  • Currently, change registration should be completed within one month after the changes in quantities or the usage
  • Since toxicological data might be required due to changes in quantities and usage, the MoE makes it possible to extend the deadline of the change registration. It needs confirmation from the MoE and registrants can extend the deadline up to 1 year

2. Aligned confidentiality approval processes between the different competent authorities

  • The competent authority under K-OSHA, the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MoEL), and the MoE can now coordinate together and share the information. It is expected to ease registrants’ burden to go through different approval processes  

3. Integrated different terms for chemical Classification and Labelling used in various ministries

  • This will enhance consistency of the chemical Classification and Labelling and prevent confusion   

4. The government registration fees will be exempted for SMEs if they register their substances before 2022

  • This is to encourage SMEs to register their substances early and Only applicable for those who have a grace period until 2030

Affected stakeholders and implications

Registrants who need to change their tonnage band or chemical usage can have 1 year to prepare toxicological data after getting confirmation from the MoE.

SMEs do not need to pay the government registration fees if they register before 2022.

Industries can refer to the consolidated version of chemical Classification and Labelling in South Korea.

 

Last update: 11/17/2020

K-REACH: How to get approval to protect confidential business information

Ministry of Environment (MoE) in South Korea announced detailed rules for companies that do not want to disclose confidential business information under K-REACH. These new rules outline processes to get approval from the MoE along with official forms, which will come into force on 16 January 2021.

Businesses need to make an application to get approval. The application shall include reasons for not disclosing chemical information, and proof justifying the reasons. Approval is not required in cases where non-disclosure is already approved under the same rules or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Although non-disclosure is approved, businesses still need to provide substitute information in an MSDS if required.

Once an application is received, the Information Review Committee will check and evaluate the validity of the application, then provide the result within 30 days. The Committee might ask for additional information or interview. Applicants should respond to the Committee’s request, otherwise, the application will be withdrawn. In case the application is rejected, the applicant can appeal within 15 days after they received the result.

The MoE will review the rules every three years.

Affected stakeholders and implications

Companies who are subject to K-REACH and do not want to disclose chemical information due to confidentiality reasons can apply for non-disclosure of confidential information to the MoE. The new rules are applicable on 16 January 2021.

 

Last update: 11/10/2020