Packaging and Labeling in Taiwan

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June 13, 2012
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In Taiwan, a wide spectrum of regulations with respect to packaging materials and containers are covered by the Waste Disposal Act, the competent authority of which is the Environmental Protection Administration ("EPA") under the Executive Yuan. For more detailed information in this field, please visit the section under Product Take-Back and Recycling in Taiwan.

In this section, the main focus is on packaging and labeling requirements that affect the electronics industry.

Specifically, the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act and related measures provide that the handler must mark the matters related to toxicity and pollution control on the containers, packaging, handling sites and facilities of the toxic chemical substance covered and must retain the materials safety data sheets for the corresponding toxic chemical substances.

Labeling requirements for containers are set forth under the Scope of Enterprises Responsible for Marking Relevant Recycling Labels on Goods and Containers, Size and Locations of Label Designs, and Other Binding Matters for Recycling Labels. The above requirements were modified on January 8, 2010 to differentiate the recycling and labeling system for biomass plastic from that of general plastic. In addition, manufacturers of computer software optical disks must observe specific requirements with respect to the packaging volume ratio and the number of packaging layers as stipulated in the Excessive Product Packaging Restrictions.

As for dry cells used in the electronic products, the labeling requirements are described under the Scope of Enterprise Responsibility for Placing the Relevant Recycling Marks on Dry Batteries, the Pattern, Size, and Location of the Marks, and Other Relevant Matters. Meanwhile, the Restrictions on the Manufacture, Import, and Sale of Dry Cell Batteries also set forth labeling requirements for dry cells with mercury content.

IHS EIATRACK members may be interest in the specific labeling and informational disclosure regime with respect to the storage of hazardous wastes, as indicated under Articles 11 and 12 of the Methods and Facilities Standards for the Storage, Clearance and Disposal of Industrial Waste. Among other things, those standards require that hazardous wastes be labeled to specify the name of the generator, the storage time and the amount, composition and nature of the wastes. For more detailed information in this field, please visit the section under Hazardous Waste in Taiwan.

It is also worth noting in this section that the EPA and the Bureau of Energy ("BoE") have launched some voluntary labeling programs applicable to certain electrical and electronic products. Criteria for the programs are respectively embodied in the Guidelines for the Operation of Environment Protection Product Program and the Guidelines for the Operation of Energy Label Program.


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