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What is REACH?

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is EU Regulation that came into force on the 1 June 2007. The regulation replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with one single system for the regulation of chemicals.

REACH obligations are placed on substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year (unless exemptions apply). Under REACH a manufacturer or importer of a substance into the EU must register their substance with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by creating a registration dossier which includes a range of data depending upon the volumes manufactured/imported. In addition, the deadline by which data must be provided to the ECHA will depend on the type of substance you want to register (‘phase in’ or ‘non-phase in’ - see definitions).

Non phase-in substances must be registered with ECHA before they are manufactured or imported into the EU at quantities of 1 tonne/year or more - (see registration of non phase in substances).

To assist companies with phase-in substances to plan for registration, a scheme of extended deadlines has been constructed which prioritises substance registration based on tonnage and toxicity. The process begins with a declaration known as a pre-registration, which is made to ECHA. By 1 December 2008 all companies manufacturing or importing a substance into the EU at 1 tonne or more per annum and who wished to take advantage of the extended registration deadline scheme should have pre-registered that substance with ECHA.

1 December 2010 – EXPIRED


·         > 1000 tonnes/year

·         > 100 tonnes/year and R50/53

·         > 1 tonne/year and CMR Category 1 or 2


1 June 2013 – EXPIRED


·         > 100 tonnes/year


All substances in the above categories must now be registered. Any manufacturer/importer creating or trading such substances without a registration is acting ILLEGALLY. 


1 June 2018

·         > 1 tonne/year


 To find out more about your obligations under REACH please see our Services page or contact ReFaC now.

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