USCIB Warns on Korean Chemicals Regulations

Global Business : South KoreaUSCIB recently submitted comments to the Korean environment ministry and the U.S. government on draft decrees implementing new Korean chemicals legislation, known as “Korea REACH” – after similar European Union rules governing registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals.

Reflecting the views of USCIB’s broad-based membership, which includes chemical manufacturers and downstream users, the comments voiced broad support for Korea’s goal of protecting human health and the environment. But they voiced concern that “Korea’s new chemical management system may impact or disrupt the supply of highly specialized chemicals particularly in sophisticated, high-tech industries.”

In the comments, Helen Medina, USCIB’s senior director for product policy and innovation, wrote that an overly burdensome chemical management system “could have a significant impact on the ability of USCIB members to manufacture innovative products in Korea and/or import them into the country.”

Specific recommendations, including the need for consultation with non-Korean stakeholders, are detailed in USCIB’s comments. Other industry groups that submitted views include the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

USCIB has been actively engaged in several international chemicals negotiations, including the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management as well as discussions in the UN Environment Program, the OECD and APEC.

Staff contact: Helen Medina

More on USCIB’s Product Policy Working Group

Staff Contact:   Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation & Acting Program/Policy Co-Lead
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive. Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.
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