• K-Reach Enacted - The Game Now Shifts to Advocacy to Ensure Sound and Practical Implementing Regulations
  • May 17, 2013 | Authors: Herbert Estreicher; Adrienne M. Timmel
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • On May 1, 2013, the Korean National Assembly passed the "Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals," a Korean version of REACH, the so-called "K-REACH." Although touted in the trade press as a "compromise" legislation, we cannot envision how the Act could have been promulgated in a more exacting form. With the small exception of a change in the registration threshold from 0.5 tonnes to 1.0 tonnes per annum, none of the hard fought improvements made by industry over the draft version floated by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in 2011, ultimately were adopted by the National Assembly. See http://www.khlaw.com/showpublication.aspx?Show=4313.