South Korea Looks at Persistent Pollutants

Working safely with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is the highest priority in South Korea. As part of its national plan that runs from 2021 to 2025, South Korea wants to classify chemicals on the list of the Stockholm Convention (POP Convention) as “priority control substances” in K-REACH.  

The move subjects companies that produce products containing POPs to additional reporting requirements. The environment ministry reserves the right to inspect the products. An additional part of the national plans calls for regulation of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFASs) and flame retardants.  

In addition, the ministry seeks to: 

  • Create the technical preconditions to determine the spread of PFASs like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and so on and replace them gradually 
  • Define safety standards for POPs and prevent human contact with them  
  • Improve the handling and management of high-risk substances 

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