Korea Existing Chemicals Inventory(KECI)

The Korea Existing Chemicals Inventory (KECI) is issued jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Labor in Korea and includes 42,652 chemicals substances (up to Jan 2013). The free online inventory is available at


Under Korea Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TCCA), an existing chemical is a chemical that was domestically commercialized prior to February 2, 1991 and was designated and published by the Minister of Environment in consultation with the Minister of Labor. The current KECI consisits of three parts:

  • Chem substances which were placed on Korean market before Feb. 2, 1991, and notified by the Ministry of Environment on Dec. 23, 1996(>35,661 chemical substances); KE numbers are given.
  • Chemical substances which were notified after review of hazard by the Ministry of Environment, after Feb. 2, 1991(>3,603 chemical substances); NIER numbers are given.
  • Chemical substances which were notified on Nov. 21, 2005, by the President of the National Institute of Environmental Research, to be added to the KECI (>1,360 chem. subs.); KE numbers are given.


Pursuant to the TCCA, manufacturers or importers of new chemical substances are required to make notification to relevant authorities prior to the commencement of their commercial activities if the volume of the new substance exceeds 0.1 ton per year. KE numbers and NIER numbers are necessary for custom clearance.

Under Korea REACH that will come into force on 1st Jan 2013, new substances and designated existing substances(>=1t/y) shall be registered. More info under K-REACH can be found here.

New substance notified under TCCA will be regarded as notified under upcoming Korea REACH. Companies may notify a new substance now to save some costs before K-REACH enters into force.


Some substances in Korean existing chemical inventory(KECI) are confidential? Those substances are only given in category names and you have to submit a request to KCMA to get their confirmation whether your substance name matches any category name in the inventory. If you are interested in this service, please contact service@cirs-reach.com

Our Korea Chemical Compliance Services

  • General consultancy and training;
  • Search and confirm if a substance is new in Korea;
  • Application of confirmation of exemption from KCMA or MoE;
  • Annual report and product notification ;
  • Korea REACH registration;
  • Risk asessment report;
  • Test monitoring/translation of study reports;
  • Preparation of Korean SDS and label;
  • Regulatory update monitoring

About Us and Contact

We have provided one-stop chemical notification and GHS services for many companies doing business in/with Asia (for example, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Philippine). We help them find out how their chemicals are regulated in those countries or regions and offer free initial consultations about how to comply. If notification is required, we help them submit chemical registrations. We also prepare or translate GHS compliant SDS and label in accordance with their national chemical legislation at affordable prices.

If you have any questions about chemical compliance in the Asia-pacific region, please contact:

  • CIRS China
    11F Building 1, Dongguan Hi-Tech Park, 288 Qiuyi Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052, China
    Tel: +86-571 8720 6555 | Fax: +86-571 8720 6533
    Email: service@cirs-reach.com