Research & Development
A lot of research and development is conducted using quantities of less than 1 tonne per year and manufacture or import at this level does not attract a duty to register under UK REACH. However, sometimes larger quantities of material are required; for example, in drug development work, to scale-up a production process, or to develop the production of an article.
Where substances are used above one tonne a year for Product and Process Orientated Research and Development (PPORD) purposes the manufacturer or importer can apply for an exemption from the obligation to register for a period of up to five years. To benefit from this exemption, a PPORD notification must be submitted to the UK Chemicals Agency.