REACHing Asia Continued

13 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009

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DaeYoung Park

Ghent University - Faculty of Law; Young & Global Partners

Date Written: September 16, 2009


In 2008 we raised the question, “Will the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances) Regulation influence and change the chemical regulatory system of Asia, as EU RoHS has done in China, Japan and Korea?” and forecasted that ”the answer is likely YES”. This article describes the current chemical regulatory systems of the EU, China, Japan and Korea and how China, Japan and Korea have been filling the regulatory gap they see between REACH and their chemical regulatory systems in 2008 and 2009. By analyzing how Asian countries are reacting to the regulatory gap between EU REACH and their chemical regulation systems, and this article discusses how businesses have to deal with this continuous trend in Asia and the world.

Keywords: REACH, China, Japan, Korea, Chemical Regulation, GHS

JEL Classification: K32, K33, L51, L65, Q28

Suggested Citation

Park, DaeYoung, REACHing Asia Continued (September 16, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

DaeYoung Park (Contact Author)

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