By Little Pro on 2015-12-30 Views: Update:2016-07-25
REACH registration is required for all substances manufactured in EU or imported into EU in quantities of one tonne or more per year. This includes substances on their own, in mixtures or substances in articles when they are intended to be released under normal conditions of use. The last REACH registration deadline is 31 May 2018 for all >=1t/y substances.
For all registrations, a registration dossier has to be prepared and submitted electronically via REACH-IT to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Normally, the registration must be successfully completed and a REACH registration number assigned to the registrant before a substance can be manufactured, imported or placed on the market.
Registration is required for all substances manufactured or imported in quantities of one tonne or more per year per manufacturer or importer unless they are exempted. For polymers, monomers shall be registered.
The following substances are exempt from REACH registration:
The following actors in the supply chain must comply with REACH registration requirements:
Only Representative: Under REACH, a natural or legal person established outside the EU, who manufactures a substance, formulates a mixture or produces an article can appoint an only representative to carry out the required registration of the substance that is imported (as such, in a mixture or in an article) into the EU (Article 8(1)). This will relieve the EU importers within the same supply chain from their registration obligations, as they will be regarded as downstream users.
Different deadlines have been set for phase-in substances and non-phase-in substances under REACH. Phase-in substances have to be registered according to the following schedule if they were pre-registered before pre-registration deadline 1 Dec 2008 while non-phase-in substances need to be registered immediately. The last registration deadline is 31 May 2018 for all pre-registered phase-in substances.
Phase-in substances are mainly substances already manufactured or placed on the market before REACH's entry into force. Substances fulfilling at least one of the following criteria may be considered as phase-in substances.
Non-phase-in substances are all other substances that do not fulfil any of the criteria above and they cannot enjoy extended registration deadlines. Potential manufacturers and importers of non-phase-in substances have to submit an inquiry to ECHA and subsequently register the substance first before they can manufacture or import the substance.
Phase-in substances that missed pre-registration deadline (1 Dec 2008) cannot benefit from extended registration deadlines and need to be registered without any delay.
Potential registrants who, for the first time after 1 December 2008, manufacture or import a phase-in substance in quantities of one tonne per year or more can still submit certain information to ECHA (late pre-registration) and benefit from the extended deadlines. Late pre-registrations have to be submitted within six months after the manufacturing or importing of the substance that exceeds the one-tonne threshold and no later than twelve months before the relevant registration deadline.
REACH Annex VII has set standard information requirement on REACH registration. This annex VII can be downloaded from here.
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