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Thursday, 14 September 2017
In June 2017, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced amendments to “Imported Organic Agricultural Product and Organic Agricultural Processed Product Management Regulations”, which allows the application review process to be conducted prior to the arrival of imported organic food products. This is in line with recommendations made by the Retail & Distribution committee in its 2017 position paper to remove technical barriers to trade for European food products. A series of new rules implemented by the COA since then has simplified the organic labeling permit application process for importing organic products, thereby giving consumers in Taiwan a wider variety of healthy, affordable and high-quality food products.
 
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) officially announced a subsidy scheme, effective on 16 August, for scrapping Euro I and Euro II heavy duty commercial diesel vehicles. The ECCT welcomes and supports this initiative, which is in line with the proposal made by the Automotive committee in its 2017 position paper.

Monday, 3 April 2017
The MoTC announced on 30 March the latest amendment to several articles of the “Regulations Governing Road Traffic Safety”, including allowing small pick-up trucks to be fitted with up to seven seats while large trucks may be fitted with up to nine seats. This overrides previous rules which restricted the number of seats to three, which was a serious issue for importers of double-cabs pick-up trucks with two rows of seats. Previously, it was not legal to import and sell trucks with more than three seats into Taiwan. Trucks originally designed with over three seats could not be licensed unless they removed the back the additional seats.  
Friday, 6 January 2017
Taiwan’s Constitutional Court has ruled that pre-approval of cosmetics advertising content by local and central health authorities is unconstitutional, as it infringes on the protection of free speech granted by the constitution. As a consequence, Article 24(2) and Article 30(1), of the Statue for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene have been repealed with immediate effect. This effectively resolves a long-standing issue for members in the cosmetics industry that had been listed in the ECCT’s Cosmetics committee’s position papers since 2010.
Monday, 9 January 2017

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced that it has abolished article 9 of the “Pollution Emissions Standard for Vehicles”, which stipulates the standards and measurement measures for vehicle CO2 emissions. This follows a decision made at a public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on 7 October 2016.

The decision has been welcomed by members of the ECCT’s Automotive committee as it follows their proposal for the Bureau of Energy (BoE) and the EPA to adopt a single set of regulations and standards to manage either CO2 emissions or fuel efficiency of vehicles. Prior to this decision Taiwan was one of the very few countries in the world that required vehicles to comply with both CO2 and fuel efficiency standards. The efforts required to comply with both standards and to report to two different agencies (the BoE, and EPA) had been a significant regulatory burden for the automotive industry. The decision to focus on fuel efficiency standards rather than vehicle CO2 emissions resolves an important issue for car makers as it removes legal ambiguity for regulators and makes the rules clear for industry players.
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