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REACH and Registration

Manufacturers and importers of substances have a general obligation to submit a registration to the European Chemicals Agency for each substance manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year per company (legal entity).

This obligation applies to substances as such and in mixtures. A special registration regime applies for substances in articles (e.g. manufactured goods such as cars, textiles, electronic chips). However, certain substances are exempted from registration under REACH (see ECHA/Guidance on registration - Chapter 1.6 ).

Failure to register means that the substance cannot be manufactured or imported.

Key information for companies, especially SMEs

Leaflet “Chemical safety and your business”

More information on registration of chemicals (ECHA)

Substance identity and Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) pdf - 66 KB [66 KB]

REPORT - Meeting the First REACH Registration Deadline - The Directors' Contact Group (DCG): Achievements, Lessons Learned and Recommendations (September 2011) pdf - 179 KB [179 KB]

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