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Title: Regulations Governing Disposition of Commodities Failing Inspection Ch
Date: 2022.08.10
Legislative: 1.12 Articles enacted and promulgated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on January 9 2002, and effective on promulgated data.
2.Articles 5, 7 and 10 amended and promulgated by Ministerial Order on February 25 2004.
3.Articles 5, 7 and 9 amended and promulgated by Ministerial Order on August 10 2022.
Content: Article 1
These Regulations are established in accordance with Paragraph Two of Article .26 of the 
Commodity Inspection Act (the Act).

Article 2
The ‘inspection authority’ mentioned in these Regulations refers to the Bureau of Standards, 
Metrology and Inspection of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (the BSMI), its branches, or other 
commissioned government agencies, legal entities, or organizations. The ‘applicant’ mentioned in 
these Regulations refers to the manufacturer, exporter, importer or sales agent who is obligated to 
apply for inspection of the commodities involved.

Article 3
The inspection authority shall issue a notice of unsatisfactory inspection results for commodities 
that do not comply with requirements.

Article 4
Other than commodities that are stored at customs, or sealed after sampling in whole or in part, the 
inspection authority shall send its personnel to seal commodities that do not comply with inspection 
requirements in accordance with Article 23 of the Act.

Article 5
Within fifteen days from the day following the date of receiving a notice of unsatisfactory 
inspection results, an applicant may apply to the inspection authority for a re-inspection at no cost, 
in accordance with Paragraph One of Article 26 of the Act.
If the sanitary or safety aspects of the food, agricultural, or fishery commodities do not comply with 
inspection requirements, re-inspection does not apply.
An applicant shall apply to the inspection authority where the original application is filed (the 
original inspection authority) for re-inspection by providing the completed application form and 
other necessary documents.
The inspection authority may limit its re-inspection to non-conformity items only.

Article 6
The re-inspection shall be conducted on the original samples. If there are no original samples 
remaining, or if the re-inspection cannot be conducted on the original samples, further sampling 
may be conducted.

Article 7
For commodities that fail inspection, an applicant may apply to the inspection authority for a new 
inspection application by submitting an improvement plan for the approval of BSMI within 30 days 
from the day following the date of receiving a notice of unsatisfactory inspection results. However, 
no improvement plan may be submitted for approval after one year from the day following the date 
of receiving the first notice of unsatisfactory inspection results.
For commodities for which a new inspection is made in accordance with the preceding Paragraph, 
the inspection authority may conduct complete or partial inspection based on the non-conformity 
items and the improvement plan, on condition that all non-conformity items are included.
If the applicant receives a notice of unsatisfactory inspection results before the amendment of these 
Regulations on August 10, 2022, for the commodities that fail inspection and have not been 
re-applied for inspection after such amendment, the amended provisions shall be applicable and the 
period specified in Paragraph 1 shall start from the date of implementation of such amendment.

Article 8
The inspection authority may send its personnel to supervise the modification, adjustment, or 
reprocessing of non-complying commodities mentioned in Clause 7 that are performed by the 
applicant.

Article 9
The applicant shall return the shipment, destroy or disassemble the commodities, or adopt other 
necessary measures of the commodities that fail the inspection within the prescribed time limit 
under any of the following circumstances:
1.Where the applicant fails to submit an improvement plan for approval within the period specified 
in Paragraph 1 of Article 7, it shall be done within six months from the date following the expiration 
of the specified period.
2.Where the improvement plan submitted by the applicant in accordance with the provisions of 
Paragraph 1 of Article 7 is rejected by BSMI , it shall be done within six months from the next day 
after receiving the notice of rejection.
3.Where the improvement plan submitted by the applicant in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Article 
7 is  approved by BSMI, but the application for re-inspection is not made  within six months from 
the day following the date of receiving the approval notice, it shall be done within six months from 
the date following the expiration of the specified period.
When disposing of non-complying commodities mentioned in the preceding Paragraph, an applicant 
shall apply to the inspection authority for opening the seal, or may open the seal themselves after 
obtaining approval from, and under the supervision of the inspection authority. However, if it is 
agreed that the applicant can open the seal and return the commodities by themselves, the inspection 
authority may be waived from sending designated personnel to supervise the return process.
For commodities that do not comply with inspection requirements and are to be returned as 
mentioned in the first Paragraph, an applicant shall report to the inspection authority and provide a 
copy of the certificate of export issued by the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance and 
other related documents to close the case within three months after the commodities are returned.

Article 10
Samples that fail inspection shall be taken back by the applicant within three months after receiving 
the notice of unsatisfactory inspection results. The applicant shall made a new application for 
inspection, return the shipment, destroy the commodities, or take other actions in accordance with 
these Regulations.
The inspection authority shall dispose of the samples that are not taken back within the period 
mentioned in the preceding paragraph at its discretion, except for those with a retention period less 
than three months.

Article 11
When implementing surveillance or follow-up to disposition of non-complying commodities, the 
inspection authority may request manufacturers to provide relevant information in accordance with 
Articles 49 and 50 of the Act.

Article 12
These Regulations shall take effect from the date of promulgation.

 
Data Source:Ministry of Economic Affairs R.O.C.(Taiwan) Laws and Regulations Retrieving System