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2021/06/21
From July 1, 2021 onwards, handlers of toxic and concerned chemical substances applying for approval for establishing and changing professional technical management personnel of toxic and concerned chemical substances shall do so via an online application.
Issued by:Planning Division, Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB)
In order to simplify administrative processes and improve the efficiency of reviews, handlers of toxic and concerned chemical substances applying for the approval for establishing and changing professional technical management personnel of toxic and concerned chemical substances shall do so via an online application from July 1, 2021 onwards. The EPA announced this order through the Official Letter Huan-Shu Hua-Zi No. 1108200700 dated June 11, 2021, and attached a copy of the announcement and a copy of the official letter for reference.
Attachment 1: official-letter-photocopy.pdf

2021/04/13
EPA amended and published Fee-charging Standards for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act
Evaluation Management Division, Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau
The EPA has amended and published the Fee-charging Standards for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act, where it introduced a number of simplified administrative and preferential measures, and added certification fee standards for the certification of professional consultation agencies (organizations) for environmental accident response. Those interested in the certification can apply accordingly. The EPA stated that, in accordance with the amendments to the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act published on January 16, 2019, which additionally provides regulations governing the certification of consultation agencies (organizations) for professional response to environmental accidents, comprehensive regulations on the fees for certifications will become available after these standards are amended. In addition, in accordance with the amended Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances promulgated on January 15, 2020, the method of approval for toxic and concerned chemical substances has been changed to “one permit for multiple substances”: i.e., a single permit will be issued for multiple substances registered collectively. A service provider handling multiple substances only needs to apply once and pay the fee for one certificate, thereby substantially reducing the administrative work and certification fee for the provider. The EPA added that, in response to international trends, businesses are encouraged to reduce the use of animal testing. If the designated non-animal alternative test materials are registered in accordance with the application standards, the fee will be lowered from the original NT$50,000 to NT$37,000. In addition, with reference to various external opinions, the application fees for extending the confidentiality period of login information, as well as for extending the simple login were simultaneously lowered. To download materials related to the amendments, please refer to the EPA News section or go to the EPA Laws and Regulations Inquiry System or the Executive Yuan Gazette Online three days after the date of announcement.
20210407 General Information and Comparison Table of the Amendments to Toxic Chemical Substance Handling Application and Chemical Substance Information Recording Fee Standards

2021/04/13
The management of hazardous concerned chemical substances has begun! Ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid are listed as concerned substances.
Issued by:Evaluation Management Division, Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau
The EPA has added ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid to the list of concerned chemical substances in this announcement. In addition to announcing measures to regulate the handling of these two substances based on their properties and their actual handling in Taiwan, the EPA also designated certain concerned chemical substances as hazardous materials, and announced regulations governing their importation, manufacture, usage, storage, transportation, and sales, so as to enhance pre-accident risk control. The EPA pointed out that ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid are currently managed by responsible units within relevant bureaus and departments. However, applicable regulations have not covered flow tracking and disaster prevention and response. To bridge this gap, the EPA has announced that these two substances shall be listed as controlled items, thereby accurately keeping track of their flow, including complete information from the importation, transportation in Taiwan after importation, storage by service providers, and process use management. It is hoped that the various bureaus and departments will work together based on their individual authorities and responsibilities to enhance the control of the handling of these high-risk substances, thus enhancing accident risk control and implementing source management and safe usage of chemical substances. Ammonium nitrate is commonly used in agricultural fertilizer manufacturing, explosion for mining purposes, and production of explosives. However, its improper storage and management may lead to explosion accidents, such as the explosion at a port area in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, in 2020. In addition, ammonium nitrate is also the raw material for nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which was the first substance to be announced and listed by the EPA as a concerned chemical substance. Thermal decomposition of ammonium nitrate can yield high-purity laughing gas. Therefore, controlling the use of ammonium nitrate can also simultaneously control the sources of laughing gas. Hydrofluoric acid is produced by the solution of hydrogen fluoride (HF) in water. Commonly known as “bone-corrosive water” or “white-bone acid,” it is corrosive and can cause irritation to the skin. It is also widely used in semiconductor wafer etching, cleaning, and for purposes in other related industries. If a solution of highly-concentrated hydrofluoric acid comes into contact with the skin, it will immediately cause pain, whitening, redness and swelling, and even severe necrosis and ulceration. In addition to casualties caused by the improper use of this substance in Taiwan, there have also been many accidents involving assaults with highly-concentrated hydrofluoric acid that resulted in injuries. After the announcement on hydrofluoric acid as a regulated item, approval documents must be obtained not only for factory use, but also for the sales channels for chemical raw materials of hydrofluoric acid aqueous solutions, thus reducing risks induced by its use. The EPA pointed out that, to enhance the prevention of safety and health hazards resulting from the improper use of ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid, the “Five Do's and Two Dont's'” management strategy was proposed. The Five Do's are: “Do Approve,” “Do Label,” “Do Record Each Item Online,” “Do Declare Monthly,” and “Do Prevent and Respond to Accidents.” The Two Dont's' are: “Don't Conduct Online Transactions” and “Don’t Handle Without a Handling Permit.” Matters including manufacturing, importation, sales, usage and storage from upstream to downstream operations must only be implemented with a handling permit. In addition, service providers handling a quantity that reaches the graded handling quantity shall also comply with regulations of accident prevention and emergency response. Existing handling service providers will be granted an improvement period to implement the aforementioned matters by making relevant preparations and applications. If they are not the existing service providers, such period does not apply. In addition, management methods of ammonium nitrate vary among departments and bureaus in terms of declaration requirements, critical masses, and frequencies. For this reason, in order to keep track of the real-time storage information and enhance emergency response management, ammonium nitrate handling service providers must produce handling records via an online application on an item-by-item and monthly basis if there is a change in the amount handled within one month after the announcement of ammonium nitrate as a concerned chemical substance. The EPA added that, due to the properties of ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid, they are hereby announced as hazardous concerned chemical substances. If the total amount handled reaches the graded handling quantity, the handler shall, in compliance with the regulations of accident prevention and emergency response in the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act, submit hazard prevention and response plans, purchase liability insurance, train professional response personnel, establish a mutual aid group, keep emergency response, detection, and alarm equipment available, and submit transport manifests, thereby enhancing the accident response, risk prevention, transportation, and safety management of the two substances to achieve the goals of chemical substances risk management. Failure to handle ammonium nitrate and hydrofluoric acid in accordance with the regulations will be heavily fined from NT$30,000 to NT$300,000 by the EPA. If such failure causes a person's death or compromises a person's health, the responsible party may be subject to life imprisonment or a minimum of seven years of imprisonment, and may be fined up to NT$10 million. Failure to comply with the relevant regulations on preventive response will be fined NT$30,000 to NT$500,000. Those failing to enroll in third-party liability insurance or install equipment of emergency response, detection, and alarm as required by applicable regulations shall be fined NT$1 million to NT$5 million. For information related to this announcement, please refer to the EPA News section to download the attached files, or download them from the Executive Yuan Gazette Online three days after the date of announcement. All comments or suggestions for regulatory amendments to the EPA are welcome within 60 days from the day after the announcement (click to access the email address).
2021/04/01 General Information and Comparison Table for Draft Amendments to the Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Official Announcement, and Paragraph 4, Table 3 of the Guidelines on Regulated Concerned Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling

2021/04/01: The management of hazardous concerned chemical substances has begun! Bulletin for the Press Conference on Listing Ammonium Nitrate and Hydrofluoric Acid as Concerned Substances
更新日期:2021.09.24
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