On 22 September, the EPA preannounced the revisions of the Toxic Chemical Substances Handling Application and Chemical Substances Registration Fee Standards (毒性化學物質運作申請及化學物質資料登錄收費標準). The revisions will clearly specify the fees for the accreditation of professional response and consulting agencies (organizations) for environmental incidents, and add multiple measures to simplify the application procedures and provide more incentives for the public.
The EPA explained that the amended Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act announced on 16 January 2019 added the accreditation system for professional response and consulting agencies (organizations) for environmental incidents. In addition, the Regulations Governing Accreditation and Management of Professional Response and Consulting Agencies (Organizations) for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances in Environmental Incidents (毒性及關注化學物質環境事故專業應變諮詢機關（構）的認證及管理辦法) was announced on 3 March 2020. The revisions will clearly set the accreditation fees.
The revised Permit Registration and Approval Regulations for Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances (毒性及關注化學物質許可登記核可管理辦法), announced on 15 January 2020, amended the way permits, registration documents, and approval documents are approved and issued to “one document with multiple substances”, allowing multiple substances to be registered together with the issuance of a single document. The purpose was to simplify the administrative procedures and reduce the application costs since enterprises that handle multiple chemical substances are required to apply and pay just once for a single document.
The EPA also mentioned that the draft revisions added incentives concerning the review fees for registering the handling of chemical substances to encourage enterprises to reduce the use of animals in tests. And after considering the inputs of all stakeholders and evaluating the issues, the revisions also reduced the application fees for extending the confidentiality period of registration information and for renewing the simplified registration.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (10)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)