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  • January 28, 2024
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Expert Analysis: Understanding K-REACH and K-OSHA Is Vital to Doing Business in the Korean Market

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(Editor’s Note: 3E is expanding news coverage to provide customers with insights into topics that enable a safer, more sustainable world by protecting people, safeguarding products, and helping businesses grow. Expert Analysis articles, produced by 3E subject matter experts, researchers, and consultants as well as external thought leaders, examine the regulations, trends, and forces impacting the use, manufacture, transport, and export/import of chemicals.)

South Korea has been utilizing two powerful tools, the Korean Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (K-OSHA) to actively regulate chemicals to protect public health and the environment. There are important dates looming in 2024 and 2025 for both K-REACH and K-OSHA.

For K-REACH, registration is due by 31 December 2024 for existing substances of 100 t/y or more. The expected implementation of registration for new chemical substances of 1 t/y or more is January 2025.  For K-OSHA, material safety data sheet (MSDS) submission for existing chemical product manufacture or import between 1 ton and 10 ton is required by 16 January 2025.



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