Companies outside of Europe need an EU REACH Only Representative (OR) to handle their EU REACH matters.
We are fully qualified and experienced to act as your EU REACH Only Representative for the European market. We offer a comprehensive approach to meet all of your EU REACH registration and Only Representative needs.
Contact us and let our experts handle all your REACH matters as your EU REACH Only Representative.
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According to EU REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, the registration must be done by EU manufacturers, EU importers, or EU Only Representatives (OR). Non-EU companies cannot make the registration.
Instead, non-EU legal suppliers who manufacture a substance on their own, in mixtures, or articles, formulate a combination, or manufacture a product imported into the EU market, can appoint an EU-based entity as their Only Representative to conduct the registration for their chemicals.
With this model, the Only Representative shall fulfill all REACH obligations of importers, and the importers shall become downstream users in the registration according to the regulation.
Chementors, with a legal entity in Finland, is experienced in acting as Only Representative for companies established outside the EU.
In short, in compliance with Article 8 of the REACH Regulation, a qualified Only representative must be:
“Non-EU entities cannot do REACH registration. The best choice for them would be appointing an EU-based Only Representative. Chementors offers qualified OR services.“
Via the Only Representative model, non-EU manufacturers can proactively promote and sell their chemicals to various importers in multiple EU countries instead of passively to a limited number of importers who have already made the REACH registration for the substances.
By having an OR to take care of all REACH legal obligations, time and resources could be saved while access to the EU market for products is simplified and widened. This allows non-EU companies to secure their supply and maintain competitiveness.
This OR practice also brings benefits to importers as their REACH responsibilities would be reduced remarkably. In fact, EU importers usually look for non-EU suppliers who have already registered their substances and are capable of maintaining the REACH compliance matters at all times.
Chementors with a team of competent and experienced experts has been acting as an OR for different non-EU entities. Operating on a one-stop service model, we take care of and handle all REACH obligations.
As an OR will be the one who processes all required data, handles REACH registration, and manages post-registration obligations, establishing an OR partnership is therefore critical to be sure that the REACH compliance status of the products is well taken care of at all times.
There are some common challenges and risks associated with REACH Only Representatives:
Choosing a good Only Representative is important. Chementors is a legally compliant and competent OR.
Chementors, with its headquarters in Finland, is an EU-legal entity. We are also a member of the Only Representative Organization (ORO) and are approved by the REACHReady organization. If you are a non-EU manufacturer, we can legally represent you as an OR for your REACH registration.
Furthermore – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has its headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, where one of our offices and most of our experts are based.
Our REACH team can discuss confidential issues with ECHA experts face-to-face smoothly and efficiently. Another advantage is the possibility of communicating with Finnish experts in their language.
We have several OR customers around the world; please see an example Case Study here. We have also accomplished many REACH registrations for non-EU manufacturers.
Legal entities established outside the EU who manufacture a substance on its own, in mixtures, or articles, formulate a mix or manufacture an article placed on the EU markets.
Legal entities established in the EU who should be competent in chemicals and REACH regulation to handle the whole REACH registration and follow-up process can be appointed as EU REACH Only Representatives.
Chementors’ Only Representative responsibilities are the following:
The REACH process continues even after the completion of the registration. This applies to all parties involved in REACH and not just the OR.
The exposure scenarios, Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA), and Chemical Safety Report (CSR) are ongoing ‘live’ documents that need updating with new test data or new exposure details if necessary. The safety data sheet is also a live document that would need an update and revision when required by the regulations.
Annual data on importing volumes and downstream users must also be updated in the system. In addition, from time to time, there are critical notifications and alerts from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) or from the consortiums on the registration system that require confirmations or further actions without delays from the registrants.
Therefore, the registration page should be taken care of to stay compliant. As an Only Representative, Chementors is here to assist you.
Generally, an OR will take care of some main tasks as follow:
Yes, it can. It is legally allowed under the REACH Regulation that an OR can represent more than one non-EU supplier.
There is no definite frequency when an OR should communicate with ECHA. In short, communication is often needed:
Yes, you can. Changing legal entities is allowed by the EU REACH regulation. Therefore, non-EU enterprises can change their OR following a process well guided by ECHA.
REACH regulation allows changing the legal entity, for instance from OR to another appointed EU company, to manage the registration on REACH-IT, in the same process as the above case, while keeping the registration intact. In other words, there is no re-registration when switching the legal entity.
The cost of Only Representative Service depends on the substance, tonnage band, and the number of importers. OR fee is charged yearly basis for every calendar year. The introductory prices are much less than 1000 € / year, up to 2000 € / year, depending on the above matters. Please get in touch with us for an exact quotation of OR fees for your substances.
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Chementors is fully qualified and respected OR in Finland and Europe.
Phone +358 44 974 0601
Address: Chementors Oy, Smart Chemistry Park, Raisionkaari 55, FI-21200, Raisio, Finland
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