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Polymers are very common components in various consumer products such as in electrical equipment, containers and sports products etc., which are articles under REACH. In these cases, polymers may not need to consider (pre)registration except it is intended to be released from articles and over 1 ton per year.
Polymer itself is exempted under REACH for registration while if its chemically bound monomer(s) or other substance(s) with ≥ 2% weight by weight (w/w) and ≥1tonne per year in the polymer, registration is required. An illustration of the definitions of monomer and other substances in a polymer is provided as follow.
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