Two weeks ago I reported that South Korea was expected to release a REACH-like chemical chemical control law. Now the Korean Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has issued a news release indicating that MOE, in cooperation with six other ministries, has "set a master plan for chemicals management."
The master plan, which "will be implemented until 2020," intends to minimize harm to human health and the environment by managing chemicals "in an advanced way." The plan contains "five strategies and 15 core action plans with the aim of securing more than 80% of information on harm and hazard of chemicals and reducing carcinogen of group 1 by 32% by 2020." The main contents of the master plan include:
￮ In order to secure scientific information on chemicals, hazard assessment item will be increased from 9 to 13 and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) will be expanded.
￮ A system will be made to prevent and respond to chemical accident and terrorism and small and medium sized companies will be received support for emission reduction.
￮ Mercury, nanomaterials and POPs, subject to international control, will be managed in a more enhanced way and participation by citizens in making policies will be expanded.
The announcement and additional information on the core policies can be found here.