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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 As a consequence, Article 24(2) and Article 30(1), of the Statue for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene have been repealed with immediate effect.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.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
The ECCT made progress on 19% of issues raised in its 2016 Position Papers. The results were announced at the launch of the chamber’s 2017 Position Papers. At the time of the launch, the following progress had been made:
.Eight issues had been successfully resolved.
.Sufficient progress had been made in nine issues to warrant their exclusion from the 2017 Position Papers. 
.Eight issues were partially but not completely resolved and were therefore listed again the 2017 Position Papers. 
 
In addition, 28 issues raised in the 2016 papers were removed at the discretion of ECCT committees. In the 2017 papers, 77 issues from the previous were unresolved and repeated while 57 new issues were raised. Below is a summary of progress made on 2016 Position Paper issues.
Monday, 5 September 2016
The Executive Yuan (EY) issued a directive to extend the notice and comment period for drafts of all regulations from 14 days to 60 days. In addition, effective from 1 October 2016, the new 60-day rule will also apply to EY drafts of proposed legislation applicable to trade, investment and IPR matters. By providing a much longer period than previously to voice opinions and make recommendations before legislation and regulations are finalised, the directive brings Taiwan’s procedures closer in line with international practices.
 
Thursday, 31 December 2015
The National Communications Commission (NCC) has announced new regulations that would allow foreign residents of Taiwan to apply for mobile phone numbers and other telecommunications services using their Alien Residence Certificates (ARC) or Alien Permanent Residence Certificates (APRC). Recent amendments to Article 27 of the Administrative Regulation Governing Type II Telecommunications Business gives foreign residents the option to use their either passports or ARC/APRCs when applying for new mobile phone numbers and related telecommunications services, effective from 9 December 2015 onwards. This latest measure is an example of implementation of an official notice by the National Development Council (NDC) on 6 October to all government departments stating that they should treat ARC/APRCs as equivalent to Taiwanese IDs for identification purposes. The letter states that ARC/APRC holders do not need to present their passports for identification purposes.
 
ARC/APRC holders can already use their cards to open a bank account in Taiwan. The latest move will make it easier for foreign residents in Taiwan to apply for telecommunications services, thereby making one more routine business transaction more convenient for foreign residents in Taiwan.
 
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