Taiwan Standard Registration of Existing Chemicals is to be Implemented

11 March 2019, Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration released the Amended Regulation of New and Existing Chemical Substances Registration (hereinafter referred to as Regulation). This Regulation rules the registration type, tonnage, method of new and existing chemicals in Taiwan. The Regulation takes effect as of the date of issue, yet it will grant an appropriate grace period to first batch of existing substances subject to registration – the standard registration for existing substances formally starts from 1 Jan. 2020. What are the implications to enterprises after the Regulations takes effect? How will the co-registration realize? How to realize other types of registrations? What enterprises need to do when there is no formal guideline?

1. Under the regulation, existing substances listed in the first batch of substances (over 1t/a) subject to standard registration shall complete standard registration

That is to say, enterprises can determine if standard registration is required based on the above principle:

  • Substances between 1-10t/y are subject to first level standard registration;
  • Substances between 10-100t are subject to second level standard registration;
  • Substances between 100-1000t are subject to third level standard registration;
  • Substances over 1000t are subject to fourth level standard registration;

Meanwhile, substances over 10t/y shall also provide hazard assessment and exposure assessment.

2. Existing Substance Standard Registration Deadline:

Enterprises that have obtained the Phase I Registration Code for the first time before 31 Dec.:

Tonnage per year

Standard registration deadline

1~100t

Before 31 Dec. 2022

>100t

Before 31 Dec. 2021

Enterprises that obtain the phase I registration code for the first time after 1 Jan. 2020:

Tonnage per year

Standard registration deadline

1~100t

Within 3 years from 1 Jan. of the following year (the second year of registration)

>100t

Within 2 years from 1 Jan. of the following year (the second year of registration)

Enterprises whose manufacturing/ importing tonnage is less than 1t when obtaining the Phase I registration code for the first time:

Tonnage per year

Standard registration deadline

The tonnage reaches 1t before 31 Dec. 2019

The tonnage reaches 1t after 1 Jan. 2020

The tonnage reaches 1t after 1 Jan. 2020

Within 3 years from 1 Jan. of the following year (the second year of registration)

3. Under the Regulation, existing substances less than 100kg/y can also complete phase I registration (not available before).

4. Under the regulation, enterprises shall report to the competent authority on the tonnage of last year between 1 April and 30 September each year.


Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Limited (CIRS) together with Helsinki Chemicals Forum is to host the Asian Helsinki Chemical Forum and the 4th Summit Meeting on Chemical Regulations in Asia Pacific (HCF&SMCR 2019) in Shanghai on 24th -25th October 2019. The compositions of the panels and the audience will be different so that the content and conclusions will be suitable and unique to the Asian context. Mr. Jowitt Lee from Sahtech is going to give a detailed interpretation to the existing and new substances registration in Taiwan. It is suggested that companies that trade with Taiwan attend the HCF&SMCR 2019 and get more information about the existing substance standard registration.