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When to comply with REACH?

When and how you have to comply with REACH depends on your status within the supply chain (see 'REACH Roles') and also if you have pre-registered your substance.

What if I have pre-registered?

If you have pre-registered then you qualify for the phased-in registration deadlines, these deadlines depend on the classification and tonnage of the substance supplied. These deadlines are set out in the timeline below as phases 1, 2 and 3.

What happens if I haven't pre-registered my substance?

This means that you cannot take advantage of the 'phase-in' periods under REACH and must register your substance straight away.

You may be able to take advantage of late pre-registration, if you are manufacturing or importing a phase-in substance for the first time after 1st December 2008.

How do I register?

Registration is the process of collecting and collating specified sets of information on the properties of substances. How much information is needed depends on the tonnage of the substance to be registered. These requirements can be found within the REACH text. The information is then used to perform an assessment of the hazards and risks that a substance may pose and how these risks can be controlled. This information and the associated assessment are then submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki.

For more detailed information on registration see the ECHA guidance document .

Timeline - when do I register?

Date Action
1 June 2007 REACH came in to force
1 June 2008 Pre-registration for existing ('phase-in') substances started
Registration for new ('non phase-in') substances started
30 November 2008 Pre-registration for 'phase-in' substances ended
1 December 2008 Registration for existing substances (that have not been pre-registered) started
1 January 2009 List of pre-registered substances published and SIEFs are formed
1 December 2010
PHASE 1
By this date the following pre-registered 'phase-in' substances should have been registered when supplied at:
  • > 1000 tonnes per annum (tpa) or;
  • > 100 tpa and classified under CHIP as very toxic to aquatic organisms or;
  • > 1 tpa and classified under CHIP as Cat 1 or 2 carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants
1 June 2013
PHASE 2
Deadline for registration of substances supplied at ≥ 100 tpa
1 June 2018
PHASE 3
Deadline for registration of substances supplied at ≥ 1 tpa
Updated 2016-09-07