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REACH for non-EU manufacturers
If you import substances into the EU above one tonne a year, you need to register them with ECHA. However, you can also appoint an EU-based 'only representative' to carry out the registration tasks on your behalf. We spoke to Dr Dieter Drohmann, President of the Only Representative Organisation (ORO), to gain an insight into the role of only representatives ahead of the REACH 2018 deadline.
ORO's top tips for non-EU companies
Only Representative Organisation (ORO)
ORO represents the majority of only representative service providers. It currently has 33 full members in 11 Member States and one associated member in Turkey.
ORO members represent more than 2 000 non-EU manufacturers, with the majority located in Asia.
ORO members cover over 16 000 chemicals already registered or pre-registered and provide coverage for more than 20 000 EU importers located all over the EU/EEA. So far, around 3 200 REACH registrations have been submitted.
For the first and second REACH registration deadlines, only representatives conducted 20 % and 25 % of all REACH registrations, respectively.
For the 2018 deadline, it is expected that more than 25 % of all registrations will be done by only representatives, mostly on behalf of small non-EU manufacturers.
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