Until recently, the most recent regulation in Korea regarding classification and labelling of chemicals and the redaction of safety data sheets has been MOEL Public Notice No. 2013-37. This regulation has seen an important update on the 6th of April 2016, with the publishing of the MOEL Public Notice No. 2016-19 by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL).
This updated regulation came into force immediately upon its publishing, but gives a transitional period of one year. This means that this regulation is in force, but it will be possible to follow MOEL Public Notice No. 2013-37 until April 6th 2017. After that date, only MOEL Public Notice No. 2016-19 will be in force.
This new update aligns the Standards for Classification and Labelling of Chemical Substances and Material Safety Data Sheet to UN GHS Rev. 4 of 2011 by implementing the “hazardous to the ozone layer” hazard class-category and revising some hazard statements and precautionary statements.
These changes were pre-announced through a circular on the 19th of February, while opening draft revisions to public consultations. No differences between the first public draft and the final regulation have been found.
For more information regarding the Korean GHS implementation, follow these links: