Taiwan Brings Ban on Uses of Asbestos Deadline Forward

On 10 May 2017, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) published an amendment on the Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and the Management of Their Handling to fully ban the uses of asbestos. The Guidelines were published on 17 December 2007 in accordance to the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA) Article 7, Article 11 and Article 25 Paragraph 4. The amendment highlights the full prohibition on the usage of asbestos. Asbestos is a type of human carcinogen as classified by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). On 2 February 2012, EPA announced that asbestos would be prohibited for the use in the brake manufacturing activities from 1 July 2018 onwards. Due to the recent environmental changes, toxicological information updates and international management trends, EPA brought the deadline forward to 10 May 2017. It also aims to effectively reduce the risk of exposure to workers and public as soon as possible. The registration or approval documents obtained for the use of asbestos before the amendment date is valid until the expiry date. Further information is available (in Chinese) at:

ChemAdvisor, 1 August 2017 ; https://www.chemadvisor.com