REACH only representative introduction
REACH, the new EU regulation on Chemicals has entered into force since June 1st 2007.
The period for pre-registration is from 1 June 2008 until 1 December 2008.
Non-EU Manufacturers cannot pre-register/register directly the substances that are exported in the EU; either registration is done by Importers or, alternatively, non-EU Manufacturers may be represented by the “Only Representative”. Only Representatives are natural or legal persons appointed by non-EU Manufacturers to fulfill the obligations of Importers. Only representatives’ appointed to register substances on behalf of non-EU manufacturers will have to submit separate registrations for each company they represent.
The original interpretation was that if a single OR represented more than one non-EU manufacturer for the same substance, they would submit one registration and aggregating the tonnage of all the non-EU supplier they represented. This is no longer the case.
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