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2022/03/08
Best wishes for the Spring Festival and welcome to the Fanpage of "Chemical Substances in Life (Chem Life)"
Department:Comprehensive Planning Division,Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB) Here comes the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year)! Let’s have good eating and drink with family and friends to enjoy the atmosphere of reunion. Apart from saying the best wishes and auspicious phrases, we should also stay healthy during this festival season. So, how can we keep ourselves away from chemical hazards? If we do not do the clean-up, what else should we do on Lunar New Year's Eve day? Without doing the clean-up job well, this year’s bad luck will sustain through next year and that will be awful! So, when using different detergents, we must not use them together and must pay attention the method of application. As any improper use can result in dangers, we have to read user instructions carefully before the use and abide by all rules. Keeping the space ventilated is also very important as it prevents hazards that can harm our body! Besides, people of our nation tend to gather and reunite with family members, relatives and friends during the Spring Festival. Is there any food coloring on the dining table on New Year's Eve? Have you heard of the residual bleach (sulfur dioxide) in dehydrated vegetables or noticed other food safety news? Do the new clothes, new hats and New Year decorations that you have purchased for the Spring Festival contain formaldehyde (CH2O)? How can you check it? Chem Life, literally refers to “Chemical Substances in Life,” will tell you other chemical knowledge related to the worship materials, fireworks, and alcohol drinking! To welcome the impending Spring Festival, the Fanpage of “Chemical Substances in Life (Chem Life)” has prepared various chemical related topical subjects, allowing fans to brightly talk about “chemicals” with family members during the holidays. The content thereof will surely let everyone of you to have an interesting conversation about chemicals in all occasions! On the fifth day of the Lunar New Year when people welcome the God of Wealth to homes, the Fanpage will also hold a little fun lucky draw activity to happily welcome the God of Wealth with you! Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) expressed that “Chemical Substances in Life (Chem Life)” enabled all of us to know about chemicals substances in our life. As it introduces popularized professional scientific knowledge to the audience, EPA sincerely recommend it to everyone, so that we can know about chemical substances in life. This year, Chem Life has specially prepared Spring Festival couplets, chemicals related auspicious words and desktop calendars for everyone to download without charge. Apart from Chem Life, Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB) further established a “Line@EPA TCSB official account” (please search for @taiwantcsb) this year. The knowledgeable “Dr. Owl” and chemistry experts “Small Flasks” will tell you everything about chemical related to the Spring Festival. For example, tips that you must know when doing New Year’s shopping and the concept of safe intake dose, enabling you to prepare for the Lunar New Year without worries. At the end of the year, all staffs of “Chemical Substances in Life (Chem Life)” and “Line@EPA TCSB official account” wish you a happy new year and hope that we will provide you with even more accurate chemical knowledge to our fans. Let’s eat safely and celebrate the reunion moment peacefully. At the end of the year, all staffs of “Chemical Substances in Life (Chem Life)” and “Line@EPA TCSB official account” wish you a happy new year and hope that we will provide you with even more accurate chemical knowledge to our fans. Let’s eat safely and celebrate the reunion moment peacefully.
2022/02/21
For Your Health, Say No to Nonylphenol Detergents
Department:Evaluation Management Division,Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB) Do you know that the laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and other detergents you use are safe for humans? Do you know that the endocrine disruptor that may be contained in detergents of unknown origin, if absorbed by the human body, may cause abnormal consequences affecting the reproductive system? With the Lunar New Year approaching, every household will inevitably use laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent or detergents while sweeping and cleaning their home. But these detergents if they contain nonylphenol (NP), nonylphenol polyethylene glycol ether (NPEO) or other substances with endocrine disruptor properties, may cause infertility or cause cancer and other risks. In addition to their long-term use may affect the physiological metabolism, reproduction and growth and development functions, these chemicals are not prone to decompose in the environment, and would also cause environmental pollution. To protect the health of the public, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has banned the use of NP and NPEO in the manufacturing of domestic detergents since January 1, 2008 in accordance with the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act. The EPA urges that when purchasing household cleaning product, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients label, and not to buy detergents from unknown sources or unclear or insufficient labeling of ingredients, as well as those detergents containing NP and NPEO, to protect the health of themselves and their families. The EPA wishes the public a strong and healthy new year.
2022/01/03
Inter-Ministerial Collaboration to Strengthen the Life-Cycle Management of Hazardous Substances (Goods)
Department:Comprehensive Planning Division,Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB) The Environmental Protection Administration held the "2021 Results Conference on National Chemical Substances Management Policy Guidelines and Action Plan” today (November 30) at the conference room on the 3rd floor of the San Want Hotel. In response to the national concern about the operation and management mechanism of hazardous substances(goods) in Taiwan, the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance; Maritime and Port Bureau, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Civil Aeronautics Administration, and Directorate General of Highways of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications; Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Ministry of Labor; Industrial Development Bureau and Bureau of Mine of the Ministry of Economic Affairs; Ministry of Science and Technology; National Fire Agency of the Ministry of the Interior; and Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau of the Environmental Protection Administration were invited to share their management actions and achievements in 11 responsibility issues ranging from various stages of the chemical life cycle such as manufacturing, importing, use, storage, transportation, etc. According to the Environmental Protection Administration, in accordance with the " National Chemical Substances Management Policy Guidelines" approved by the Executive Yuan in 2018, in order to regularly review the implementation results of the relevant ministries and  departments under the framework of the policy guidelines, and at the same time strengthen the communication and exchange with all sectors, since 2018, the Environmental Protection Administration has held a results conference every year, setting different themes of chemical substance management for various agencies to share the promotion results and feedback, so as to build consensus and establish a basis for mutual collaboration, facilitating the implementation of the national chemical substance management policy guidelines and the goal and vision of the action plan. The Environmental Protection Administration stated that the massive explosion of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut last August (2020), which killed more than 200 people, injured more than 6,500 and left more than 300,000 homeless, has aroused international concern. After the incident, Premier Su immediately ordered the relevant ministries and departments to take stock of the effectiveness of the existing laws and measures on the management of dangerous substances (goods) and to substantiate the implementation. In particular, it is necessary to think about risks and find the right antidote from the perspective of illegal, unconventional or unruly criminal acts that may be engaged in crimes in order to protect the lives and property of our people and national security. Therefore, the theme of today's conference was "Improving the Management Mechanism of Hazardous Substances (Goods)", hoping that by consolidating the management laws and enforcement measures of various authorities and examining the management breakpoints that can be mutually reinforced, to predict various possible risks so that we can appropriately respond to and prevent disasters before they occur. In addition, according to the Environmental Protection Administration, regarding the information of chemical substance management results, the Administration has invited relevant ministries and departments to jointly compile the results report on our country’s overall management results of chemical substances in 2020, and placed the report under the "Publications of the Bureau" of "Education and Advocacy" on the "Global Information Website of the Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau of the Environmental Protection Administration." Everyone is welcome to browse through it. In the future, we will continue to compile the annual inter-ministerial implementation results report and place it on the aforementioned webpage for downloading. We welcome your continued interest.
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
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