REACH is reported to be the most ambitious piece of legislation in the World. The ultimate aim of the regulation is to protect human health and environment. REACH facilitates this through chemical substance registration, expert evaluation and establishment of control measures.
REACH shifted the responsibility for establishing the health, safety and environmental impacts of chemicals from regulators, to those placing chemical substances on the market
i.e. manufacturers and importers.
Many countries outside of the EEA already have established chemical management systems in place, others are yet to establish robust systems. Development of the REACH Regulation proved that it was possible to shift the chemical management cost burden from governments to industry, achieving better protection of human health and environment, and internal markets to some degree. It is not surprising that many Countries are in the process of establishing REACH-style regulation, or revising chemical management systems to align more with REACH.
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The Turkish ‘REACH’ Regulation, KKDIK ( "KKDIK" is the acronym for the translated title of the REACH (Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) Regulation) was officially published on 23 June 2017 by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. KKDIK mirrors most aspects of the EU REACH Regulation, introducing registration duties for manufacturers and importers of substances placed on the market in quantities of 1 tonne or more per annum, data sharing mechanisms to avoid unnecessary vertebrate testing and obligations on downstream users. Registration applies to substances on their own, in mixtures and substances in articles where there is intended release.
South Korea, like other regions adopted a REACH (see European Legislation page) style regulation that entered into force early 2015, when the Toxic Substances Control Act (1991) was divided into The Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) and the Chemicals Control Act (CCA). The purpose of CCA is control of hazardous substances and chemical accidents. A revision to K-REACH was published in March of this year for entry into force on 1 January 2019.
The law to update the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
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