The research and development of chemicals evolves in swift, where the lifecycle of chemicals in manufacturing, operation, storage, transportation and use might cause fire, explosion, spills, poisoning and other damages. It may lead to property loss, death, adverse exposure, and environmental impact due to improper handling or insufficient safety facilities. People’s safety and health are threatened by unsafe chemical use. The management of new chemical substances and existing chemical substances is the crucial basis for a sound chemical management of hazardous chemicals. Subsequent precaution and actions would heavily rely on the assessment of the hazards, exposure scenarios and risks of chemical substances.
(NEW)Occupational Safety and Health Act Takes Effect on July 3rd in Taiwan - Two-stage Implementation(July 4, 2014)
Labor Safety and Health Act, renamed as Occupational Safety and Health Act (hereinafter referred as the "Act"), has been amended and promulgated on July 3rd, 2013. Providing greater safeguard for all workers, the Act takes effect on July 3rd 2014 and is implemented in two stages.
To efficiently enforce the Act covering 58 subordinate regulations, a two-stage implementation process is approved and adopted by the Executive Yuan. During the first stage, the amended provisions of existing regulations (41 subordinate regulations) are in effect from July 3rd 2014. As the secondary stage of implementation, new schemes and measures will be launched on January 1st, 2015.
New regulatory measures imposed on January 1st, 2015, include: a machinery, equipment, appliance and chemical source management system; maternity protection and employment equality measures for maternity health and protection; regular process safety assessment and supervision for high-risk business. By a phase-in approach to the regulation implementation, source control and control banding management systems are expected to ensure improved occupational safety and health.
(NEW)The Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan(MOL) issued the “Direction for Second Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination” (May 27, 2014)
The Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan (MOL) issued the Direction for Second Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SSECN) on May 26, 2014. Stakeholders and industries can download the Direction (in Chinese) from MOL’s Law Source Retrieving System of Labor Laws and Regulations.
English version of the Direction
(NEW)Countdown to Taiwan Second Supplementary Existing Substance Nomination(May 21, 2014)
On July 3rd, 2013, the amendments of Labour Safety and Health Act renamed as “Occupational Safety and Health Act” was promulgated by Presidential Order. According to Article 13, chemical substances that are not in the announced chemical substance inventory are subject to new chemical substance registration. Since completeness of the chemical inventory is significantly involved in the future management of new chemical substances, and affects the rights and interests of industries, second supplementary existing substance nomination (SSECN) will be launched on 1 June, 2014.
To give full preparation of SSECN, MOL OSHA has held three conferences respectively in Taipei, on April, 11th; in Kaohsiung, on April 28th; in Taichung, on May 5th. To respond to concerns of major stakeholders, the schedule of SSECN, together with the targets, scope, methods, and procedure were presented at the conference. Also national planning of new chemical substance registration including types, classification, and information requirement was introduced. Most attendees gave positive feedbacks to government’s efforts of proactive communication and the arrangement of SSECN.
SSECN program is about to start. Companies qualified, or to be in compliance, must take the chance for nomination and the joint development of national chemical substance inventory.
Proactive communications with all stakeholders is under progress for the CLA and EPA amendments (Dec 10, 2013)
In line with the source control management of chemical substances in the amendments of Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, TCSCA and Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA, EPA and CLA held 20 and 6 seminars separately across cities in Taiwan. The seminars focused on the latest development of the amendments, aiming at clarifying the scheme of new chemical substances registration and management of existing chemical substances. This year over 2,000 domestic and foreign industry representatives participated in these events.
Given OSHA and TCSCA received their third reading respectively in June and December 2013, respectively, industry in Taiwan showed strong concern towards the subsequent implementation and supplementary regulations. Therefore Q&A sessions were arranged in seminars to facilitate discussion and exchange among industries and competent authorities. Industry voiced their concerns, difficulties, experiences, as well as suggestions in respect to the articles, scheme and implementation plans.
The framework of supplementary regulations of TCSCA and OSHA is actively under establishment, and relevant public consultation and hearings will be launched in the first and second quarter in 2014. Stakeholders from all industry sectors are welcomed to participate in the following proceedings.
Newly Approved “Occupational Safety and Health Act” marks milestone of chemicals management (Jun 19, 2013)
The amendments of Labor Safety and Health Act renamed as “Occupational Safety and Health Act” (the Act) passed its third reading in the Legislative Yuan (18 June, 2013). It is set forth therein that the Act applies to all occupations, providing broader coverage from 6.7 million to 10.67 million workers to secure their safety and health in workplaces. This is a new milestone of human rights for protection of workers in Taiwan.
Following the global trend in transition toward safe chemical use, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has been preparing for the amendments aiming at enhancing sound chemical management since 2006. Newly approved “Occupational Safety and Health Act” has 55 articles. Key revisions related to the chemicals management are as follows:
1. For the purpose of establishing systems of new chemical registration and risk assessment and management, etc., and for the competent authority of the central government to manage new chemicals, this amendment stipulates that manufacturers or importers shall not manufacture or import prior to submitting hazard and labor risk assessment report and obtain the approval for registration of new chemicals other than those listed in chemical substances inventory published by the competent authority of the central government. Any such matters governed by other laws or promulgated by competent authority of the central government are not subject to the prescribed requirements. (amended Article 13)
2. In order to strengthen permitting management of appointed controlled chemicals with carcinogenicity, special health hazards, major health risk or acute hazards, this regulation stipulates the manufacturer, importer or employer shall not manufacture, import or provide worker(s) to handle such appointed controlled chemicals designated by competent authority of the central government. The manufacturer, importer or employer shall submit relevant operation data of priority management chemicals designated by competent authority of the central government for record. (amended Article 14)
3. This amendment stipulates that manufacturers or importers, prior to providing hazardous chemicals to business units or self-employed, shall have labels and provide material safety data sheet (MSDS). (amended Article 10)
4. This amendment stipulates that for hazardous chemicals, employers shall assess their risks and implement management measures of control banding according to hazards, distribution and handling amount of hazardous chemicals. (amended Article 11)
CLA in response will proactively develop supplementary regulations and related measures to ensure implementation of the Act. Safety and health of all workers should be safeguarded and advanced to higher levels.
Progress Update on New Chemical Registration Legislative Activities in Taiwan (May 9, 2013)
Registration scheme for New chemical substances is mainly covered by two legislations, the Occupational safety and Health Act Amendment of CLA and the Toxic Chemicals Substances Control Act Amendments of EPA. The two amendment bills were approved by the Executive Yuan. Currently legislative processes in Congress are underway. Upon the Congressional approval of the amendment bills, the bills will be signed and announced for adoption by the President. CSNN website will continue to provide the latest updates of the legislative progress.
Updated Existing Chemical Substances Inventory Now Available on CSNN (Dec 22, 2012)
The NCSR Office completed updating the existing chemical substances inventory. The updated inventory is now available on the CSNN website. Over 370,000 dossiers covering more than 79,000 substances were notified by 5,500 companies. The updated Existing chemical substances inventory will provide a solid foundation for the future development of chemical management in Taiwan.
Types of substances included in the Existing chemical substances inventory includes well-defined substances (>70%), polymer and UVCB substances, etc. Approximately 40% of the nominated chemical substances are handled in quantities over 1 tonne per year. Also the inventory identifies 19,000 existing chemical substances possessing GHS hazards. Additionally, less than 1% of all substances are listed under data protection.
The updated Existing chemical substances inventory is now available on CSNN websit(http://csnn.cla.gov.tw/content/Substance_home.aspx). Users are able to identify the substances in search fields by entering CAS No., serial number( for substances without CAS number or substances with data protection), or exact chemical substances names in Chinese or English. The inventory was last updated on Dec. 22, 2012.
The Executive Yuan passed the draft amendment of Labor Safety and Health Act. Expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval (Nov 19, 2012)
On Thursday, the 15th of November, the Executive Yuan approved the renaming of the Labor Safety and Health Act to the more inclusive Occupational Safety and Health Act. The amendment requires new chemical notification, and obligations of hazardous chemicals operators to label, register, evaluate and obtain permit of hazardous chemical substances. The revised law not only expands coverage, but also sets up a more complete system, including new chemical notification requirement, to ensure occupational safety and health and is conducive to protecting Taiwan's basic human rights and helping the country maintain a healthy workforce. The draft amendment is expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval.
Source: The Council of Labor Affairs Headline News
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) scheduled to be updated in December (Nov 5, 2012)
After concluding the existing chemical substance supplementary (SECN) on August 31, 2012, the NCSR office has now completed checking all SECN dossiers, and the review is coming to an end. The Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) is scheduled to be revised and updated in mid-December. The updated draft inventory will be able to be accessed at http://csnn.cla.gov.tw/content/Substance_home.aspx. During the period of nomination, most dossiers submitted by nominators were in compliance with the SECN direction. Currently a small portion of nominators are still in the process of re-submitting further information due to incomplete document or incorrect data submission. The review and confirmation process for dossiers applying for data protection is also still on-going.Information on CSNN website (http://csnn.cla.gov.tw) will be periodically updated for public access.
Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination Concluded on 2012/8/31 (Sep 1, 2012)
In accordance with the Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) issued by the Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA) on April 18, 2012, the National Chemical Register Office conducted Existing Chemical Substance Nomination during the period of June 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012. The Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) information System on CSNN has been visited by over 1 million local and foreign stakeholders since it became available in April 2012. During SECN, the CLA received supplementary nominations from over 400 manufacturers covering over 2,000 substances.
With active participation from all industries, the CLA was able to conclude the SECN on August 31, 2012. The National Existing Chemical Inventory is continuing being developed and updated to reflect the conditions of chemicals in use in Taiwan. In order to introduce provisions of new chemical substances notification to enhance the national chemical management scheme, the Council of Labor Affairs and the Environmental Protection Administration are in the process of amending the Labor Safety and Health Act and the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act. The inter-agency coordination meetings will continue to be held to discuss development progress of the inventory and the CSNN website will continue to be updated and maintained for public access.
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) Information System and Supplementary ECN Tools are now available (May 2, 2012)
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) Information System
Supplementary ECN Tools
Complementary Measures and Tools for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination scheduled to be released in May (Apr 18, 2012)
The Council of Labor affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA), announced Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination on April 18th 2012, providing opportunity for industries to take part in the Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (referred to as the Supplementary ECN hereafter) on a voluntary basis.
Based on the Direction for Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (which ended on December 31, 2010) the CLA has compiled the draft existing chemical substances inventory. In order to keep the inventory up to date, Supplementary ECN is scheduled to open this year to accept nominations of existing chemical substances. Supplementary ECN is scheduled to open for three months, beginning on June 1st and ending on August 31st, 2012. Eligible nominators are encouraged to nominate their chemical substances according to the Direction of Supplementary ECN and its complementary measures.
Complementary measures, including supplementary ECN tools, existing chemical substance inventory (draft) information system, supplementary ECN guidance and relevant documents for Supplementary ECN, are scheduled to be released in the first week of May to provide potential nominators with necessary resources for Supplementary ECN.
Starting this May, Supplementary ECN information sessions will be held around Taiwan to provide companies with training. The completeness of the national existing chemical substance inventory is significant to companies’ business operation and future new chemical substances regulatory measures. Therefore, stakeholders are highly encouraged to nominate their chemical substances in order to be included in the national existing chemical substance inventory.
The Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan(CLA) issued the “Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination” (Apr 18, 2012)
The Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA) issued the Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) on April 18, 2012. Stakeholders and industries can download the Direction (in Chinese) from CLA’s Law Source Retrieving System of Labor Laws and Regulations.
The English translation version of the Direction
Minister Ms. Wang pledges to continue the Act amendment including new chemical notification (Dec 30, 2011)
By the end of this 2011 Legislative Yuan congressional section (December 14th ), the proposed Occupational Safety and Health Act (the Act) did not receive the final reading. The Council of Labour Affairs (CLA) announced on December 28th to continue all necessary efforts and proactive communication with all stakeholders, for the commitment of protecting workers’ safety and health by amending this Act.
The Executive Yuan passed the draft amendment of Labor Safety and Health Act. Expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval (Sep 30, 2011)
On Thursday, the Executive Yuan approved the renaming of the Labor Safety and Health Act to the more inclusive Occupational Safety and Health Act. The draft amendment also imposes heavier fines on serious violations of the labor safety law. Violators will face a fine ranging from NT$300,000 to NT$30 million. In addition, the names of businesses and their executives will be made public. According to the draft amendment, employers are also required to set up a notification system for employees to receive regular health checkups. Businesses with over 50 workers are asked to hire medical personnel to help supervise the health of their workers. Furthermore, the amendment requires new chemical notification, and obligations of hazardous chemicals operators to label, register, evaluate and obtain permit of hazardous chemical substances (mainly the amendments to Articles 10, 13 and 14).
The Executive Yuan Premier Wu Den-yih stated the revised law not only expands coverage, but also sets up a more complete system, including new chemical notification requirement, to ensure occupational safety and health and is conducive to protecting Taiwan's basic human rights and helping the country maintain a healthy workforce. The draft amendment is expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval.
Source: The Executive Yuan Headline News
Inventory Online Search Testing Underway (July 21, 2011)
In accordance with the Executive Yuan’s “Action Plan for National Chemical Substance Registry Management and Information Application”, National Chemical Register Office has completed the existing chemical substances inventory online database search system (the Inventory). Internal and external testing will continue to be carried out before providing public access of the Inventory. As soon as the CLA makes the Inventory public, this system will provide search for chemical substances using CAS No., Chinese name, English name, or serial number(for substances without CAS No. and substances granted data protection).
Existing chemical inventory progress and plans for future new chemical substances notification(July 12, 2011)
The Council of Labor Affair established the existing chemical nomination program based on the inter-agency cooperation plan－“Action Plan for National Chemical Substance Registry Management and Information Application”. Voluntary nomination was carried out according to the “Taiwan ECN Directions” and ended on 31 December, 2010. More than 300,000 dossiers (covering more than 64,200 substances) were received from more than 5,000 companies. There are 2,100 high production volume chemical substances with annual tonnage over 1,000 ton. Among these high production volume chemical substances, about 1,300 of them possess GHS hazards.
Due to the wide variety of chemical substances used in commerce, some companies were not able to finish their nomination in time. It was decided during the latest inter-agency cooperation meeting to provide supplementary nomination for existing chemicals. However, in order to simplify the supplementary nomination procedure, the timeline to publish of the National Existing Chemical Inventory and to start the supplementary nomination is expected to align with the amendments progress of Council of Labor Affairs’ Labor Safety and Health Act and Environmental Protection Administration’s Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act to incorporate provisions for new chemical notification.
ECN Update and Pre-Notice of 2011 Review Procedure for Nominators (Apr 1, 2011)
First of all, the NCSR Office would like to express our condolences to the people and families affected by the recent earthquakes, tsunamis and floods in the regions, also our best regards to all people devoting to rescue and relief efforts.
Thank you for participating in the Existing Chemical Substance Nomination. This is an update and pre-announcement of the first stage of review procedure for the nominators who completed the nomination and received the Notice(s) of Completed Nomination.
- According to the Direction for Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (the ECN Direction), the NCSR office has processed all the eligible nominations under the supervision of the Council of Labor Affairs (the CLA). By December 31st, 2010, more than 200,000 dossiers were accepted for their CAS. No., English names, Chinese names and annual tonnages covering 60,000+ chemical substances in total. A preliminary check-up has identified 57,000+ chemical substances with corresponding CAS No.
- The NCSR office received nomination dossiers more than expected from domestic and oversea companies. Therefore, it’s necessary to examine and confirm on chemical substance identity and English/Chinese names in case discrepancy is made among different nomination dossiers. The office has completed confirmation of approximately 35,000 chemical substances while remaining check-up is on-going.
- To assure the adequacy of the chemical information and nominator’s participation, the NCSR Office will launch the ECN Retrieve System (the System) for the nominators who received the Notice(s) of Completed Nomination to review their chemical information. Please note that this review will be done primarily based on the CAS No. Since most of English and Chinese names are under examination and confirmation, only about 2,500 chemical substances names will be shown in the System. However, the nominators’ rights to nominate a specific chemical substance will not be affected without the Chinese and English names shown in the System currently.
- The contact person in charge of your nomination will start to receive email notice(s) from the NCSR office commencing early this April. Please follow the instruction to check up your chemical substance information in the System. This System is intended for the nominators to check the nominated data of the CAS No., English name (if available) and Chinese name (if available). This System is not for those other than nominators to use for read, print or file purposes.
- If you have not completed your nomination procedures by far, you will not be able to use the System this time.
A smooth ending for ECN (Jan 3, 2011)
On January 3rd, 2011, the Council of Labour Affairs’ announced a success of ECN in news release. Up till December 31, 2010, the CLA had received over 100,000 dossiers sorted as 30,000 more substances from more than 2,000 companies. Participations from all industries have helped to establish Taiwan’s first “National Existing Chemical Inventory”, which would form the foundation of national chemical management scheme.
Industries from various sectors have been actively involved in the nomination of existing chemicals since Council of Labors (CLA) implemented the “Action Plan for National Chemical Substance Registry Management and Information Application “ program. The existing chemical nomination program was based on the “Taiwan ECN Directions” published on November 2, 2009 by the CLA .
In order to include new chemicals notification and hazard risk assessment into the regulation, relevant amendments are currently being finalized under the Labor Safety and Health Act. Meanwhile, the nomination data will be organized and an inter-agency coordination meetings will be held for discussion on possible extended nomination procedure for ECN as to keep the ”National Existing Chemical Substance Inventory” up to date.
December 31, 2010 is the last day for existing chemical substance nomination (Dec 23, 2010)
Last day for existing chemical substance nomination is December 31, 2010. So far the National Chemical Substance Register Office has received over 90,000 dossiers, which covers over 30,000 substances.
The NCSR office is opened from 9:00am to 5:00pm (Taipei Time), Monday to Friday. Nomination helpdesk is also provided for companies that need technical support. Companies are encouraged to look for useful information on the Chemical Substance Nomination and Notification (CSNN) website. Companies can also submit questions to email@example.com for nomination information.
To ensure that all the nomination processes are completed, please make sure that the submission of the nomination dossier in both the electronic and paper file is completed by December 31, 2010. A notice will be sent upon receiving both electronic and paper copies of the nomination dossier. Another confirmation notice will be sent after dossier data are reviewed. On December 31, 2010, the nomination helpdesk will provide technical support until 5 pm (Taipei Time).
Existing Chemical Substance Nomination information and tools：
About New Chemical Substance Management Strategy
New Chemical Substance Notification is an important scheme to operate a sound chemical management system. As OECD indicates in its “New Chemical Notification Strategy, NCNS”, new chemical substance notification (NCN) is a primarily measure for competent authorities to collect information of chemicals’ hazards, exposure scenarios or risks for the purpose of evaluating chemicals and facilitating subsequent prevention measures. Countries such as EU, the US, Japan, Canada, Australia a
nd others all have established and operated similar NCN scheme for years.
About Existing Chemical Substance Nomination Program
Nomination process of existing chemical substances is an effort of corporation among industries and authorities to collect and investigate relevant information of chemicals used domestically. It is a preparatory process for establishing the National Existing Chemical Substance Inventory.
The establishment of the national chemical inventory is a critical basis for executing national chemical management strategy. As well, the inventory is a key element for competent authorities to carry out a New Chemical Notification (NCN) scheme. Once completed, the inventory will serve as the basis of future NCN requirements.