In an article published on March 27, 2019, news provider Chemical Watch discussed the registration challenges consumer chemical companies are facing under Korea’s chemicals legislation known as K-REACH. Speaking at Chemical Watch’s AsiaHub Summit, a principal scientist from consumer goods company Proctor and Gamble (P&G) highlighted that from their experience, registration under K-REACH has required companies to submit additional information on substances in products, raw materials (including components of mixtures), and intentionally-added breakdown products. P&G said that, especially for larger companies, this poses a challenging endeavor given their large number of products. Unlike EU REACH, the Korean legislation requires Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) classification information during pre-registration, and P&G reported not having this information for a “big portion” of the substances they use.

P&G also highlighted that recent amendments to the K-REACH legislation require “massive amounts” of polymers to now be registered and that companies are required to jointly register for the same polymer. This, they said, poses a “big challenge” since there can be “significant variation” in polymers with the same CAS number, including in: molecular weight, monomer reactants, and residual products, among other properties.

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Sunny Lee (March 27, 2019). “P&G flags pre-registration and polymer rules as K-REACH challenges.”