The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced proposed amendments to the “Regulations for Imposing Additional Obligations for Obtaining Factory Establishment Permit and Registration Approval” to strengthen the traceability of chemical substances and safety of food

To strengthen the traceability of chemical substances and food safety, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced amendments to the “Regulations for Imposing Additional Obligations for Obtaining Factory Establishment Permit and Registration Approval” (“Regulation”) on December 6, 2013.  Under the proposed bill, the competent authority shall add the following requirements when issuing a permit of factory establishment:

  1. Before approving registrations or amended registrations by a factory which manufactures chemical products or the like, the competent authority should require the applicant to report any change in the manufacturing process flowchart as well as to establish  data records of product distribution;
  2. Before approving factory registration or amended registration application filed by a food or beverage manufacturer, the competent authority should require the manufacturer to stop manufacturing food or food additives (and to use raw materials and related equipment) if there is a violation of Articles 15 and 16 of the Act Governing Food Sanitation endangering human health.  The competent authority should order those who violate the aforesaid requirements to correct the violation within a prescribed period and impose an administrative fine in the amount between NT$10,000 and NT$50,000, which can be imposed continuously until correction is completed.