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Korea Establishes K-REACH with Enforcement in January 2015

On 2 and 24 December 2014 the presidential[1] and ministerial[2] decrees have been published on the Korean Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals Act (Korea REACH or K-REACH)[3] and the Chemicals Control Act (CCA). K-REACH and CCA took effect on 1 January 2015 replacing The Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TCCA).


The legislation is intended as a chemicals management system based on the EU REACH regulation and aimed to protect human health and the environment from the risk of the use of chemical substances. It involves risk assessment as well as safety labelling standards.

The main provisions of K-REACH are

  • Registration and reporting of chemical substances
  • Hazard / Risk Assessment
  • Communication of information on chemical substance
  • Management of risk in concerned products.

The presidential decree describes mostly roles and responsibilities of authorities but also rules on existing and new chemical substances under the new legislations. The ministerial decree covers much of the detail of what companies will have to do to comply with the legislation.

Similar to EU REACH, some challenges can be expected during the implementation of K-REACH. The Ministry of Environment and the Korea Chemicals Management Association (KCMA) provide a variety of tools to overcome expected difficulties the industry may face when implementing the necessary measures to comply with K-REACH requirements. 

Industry support programs include:

1) Chemical industry Chemical Safety Support Group

  • Providing K-REACH related news, various guidelines and training materials.
  • Online consulting and Q&A through experts.
  • Pilot projects for joint submission of the chemical registration.

2) Self-Diagnosis tool of obligations

  • Supporting tool to indentify responsibilities and mandatory requirements through a simple questionnaire.


  • Web-based systems to upload data during the registration process.

4) Non mandatory guidance documents on substance identification and data sharing

Supporting documents are currently only available in Korean language but it is expected that key documents will be made available in English language in the near future.

SGS will follow up and inform interested parties as developments on K-REACH regulation occur. Our expertise combined with consultancy services and experience in consumer product supply chains provides a central point of contact for global solutions. If you would like to learn more about how SGS can support your K-REACH compliance activities please contact us.

Email SGS Hong Kong Ltd. at mktg.hk@sgs.com for enquiries or visit http://www.sgsgroup.com.hk/.


[1] presidential decrees

[2] ministerial decrees

[3] SGS-SafeGuardS 101/13

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