Restricted Substances Overview in Taiwan

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June 13, 2012
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Last Updated: June 13, 2012
Report Contents
-   Full Report
-   Restricted Substance Reports
-   Key Documents
-   Contacts
-   Revision History


Acts governing material restrictions in Taiwan include the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, Agro-pesticides Management Act, Environmental Agents Control Act and related regulations. As mentioned in the Taiwan Introduction for EIATRACK, Taiwan typically does not participate as a Party in international/multilateral agreements. However, because of Taiwan's role as a key Asia-Pacific economy and the fact that manufacturers in Taiwan are producing goods for the global marketplace, the Taiwan government endeavors to make Taiwan law consistent with international and influential foreign measures that affect product stewardship and design, including the examples in the materials restrictions area mentioned below. Note that this process does not always result, as in the RoHS situation, with full implementation of a foreign or international regulatory program.

According to the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, there are 298 substances categorizing into of toxic chemicals. Catching up with other advanced nations, Taiwan has efficiently managed the operation of toxic chemical substances according to their features and quantities. Management measures include prohibition, limited use, permission and registration. The government has improved evaluation of the danger of toxic chemical substances to prevent toxic chemical disaster including: strengthening management, documenting the released quantity, initiating proposals to reduce the use of toxic chemical substances and proposals of disaster prevention and relief for users handling Class III toxic chemical substances which related information shall be accessible to the public.

According to the Environmental Agents Control Act, the government regulates environmental agents by upstream control of the industries and issuing permissions. Moreover, the government educates the people on pharmaceutical security, and bans counterfeit or disqualified environmental agents on market to protect the health of the mankind and the environment.

For reasons related to international measures referred to as "RoHS" (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances), which restrict the use of 6 harmful substances including lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBDE (polybromodiphenyl ethers), and PBB (polybrominated biphenyls) in electrical and electronic equipment, the Taiwan government has designated pentabromodiphenyl ether and octabromodiphenyl ether as Class I Toxic Chemical Substances prohibited from handling and designated decabromodiphenyl ether as a Class 4 Toxic Chemical Substances subject to handling information reporting requirements.

For reasons associated with international persistent organic pollutant (POPs) agreements, particularly the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which subjects agreement Parties to obligations concerning Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Hexachlorobenzene, Mirex, Toxaphene, Dioxin, Furans and PCBs, the Taiwan government has banned manufacture, import, sale and use of these POPs via the Agro-pesticides Management Act and Environmental Agents Control Act, except for Dioxins and Furans, which the Taiwan government added to the toxic chemicals category. In April 25, 2011, the Stockholm Convention COP5 resolved to add Endosulfan to the POPs list. As a result, the Taiwan government is now evaluating whether to revise the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act and Environmental Agents Control Act to address the POPs list changes in Taiwan.


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