Exemptions and scope

The basic definition of a substance is a very broad one which includes not only potentially hazardous industrial chemicals, but every type of chemical substance manufactured in or imported into the EU. It therefore includes substances which are already closely regulated by other legislation such as medicines, biocides, pesticides, cosmetics or radioactive substances. Because of this, there are some complete or partial exemptions from REACH requirements.

Substances exempted from REACH Regulation (Guidance on Registration Section 1.6.3)
  • Radio-active substances (96/26/Euratom)
  • Substances under customs supervision
  • Substances used in the interest of defence and covered by EU National exemptions
  • Waste (2006/12/EC)
  • Non isolated intermediates
  • Transported substances
Substances exempted from Registration (Guidance on Registration Section 1.6.4)
  • Food or feedingstuffs
  • Medicinal products
  • Substances included in Annex IV and covered by Annex V of the REACH Regulation
  • Recycled or recovered substance already registered
  • Re-imported substance
  • Polymer
  • Substances use for purpose of product and process oriented research and development (PPORD)
Substances regarded as registered (Guidance on Registration Section 1.6.5)

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