Why do I need a REACH Only Representative?

If you want to import prod­ucts to the Euro­pean Union, you will prob­a­bly need a REACH only rep­re­sen­ta­tive. In this arti­cle, we will explain all the dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios where CAPLINQ can be you REACH Only Representative.

But first, do you real­ly know what a REACH is?

What is REACH?

On June 1st, 2007, the Euro­pean REACH Reg­u­la­tion (EC1907/2006) came into force in the Euro­pean Union. To sum up, the goal of REACH is to improve the pro­tec­tion of human health and the environment.

REACH reg­u­la­tion com­pli­ance requires all com­pa­nies man­u­fac­tur­ing or import­ing chem­i­cal sub­stances in the EU to reg­is­ter these sub­stances with the Euro­pean Chem­i­cals Agency (ECHA).

Only com­pa­nies that have a legal pres­ence with­in the Euro­pean Union (EU) can be REACH Only Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Also, only Euro­pean com­pa­nies can sub­mit REACH reg­is­tra­tions dossiers to ECHA. Non-EU com­pa­nies must appoint a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to be the REACH Only Representative.

If the fol­low­ing apply to you, then you will prob­a­bly need a REACH Only Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to start (or con­tin­ue to) import­ing your prod­ucts into Europe:

You are a cosmetics manufacturer or distributor

The REACH reg­u­la­tion pro­tects con­sumers and makes sure that all cos­met­ic prod­ucts on the Euro­pean mar­ket are safe. For this rea­son, the REACH rep­re­sen­ta­tive is aware of the sub­stances in the cos­met­ics, and know how these sub­stances behave both with­in the cos­met­ics they are used, and on their own.

You are a specialty tape and/or films manufacturer or distributor

All Spe­cial­ty tapes and films that have chem­i­cals sub­stances as one of its com­po­nent will need a REACH Only Representative.

You are a plastics and/or silicone manufacturer or distributor

Usu­al­ly sil­i­cone and plas­tics have chem­i­cals sub­stances. For this rea­son, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive must reg­is­ter the sub­stances with the Euro­pean Chem­i­cals Agency (ECHA).

You are a general chemical substance manufacturer or distributor

CAPLINQ has REACH experts that have their fin­ger on the pulse of the reg­u­la­tions. Although we are not a reg­u­la­to­ry body, but a busi­ness just like you that wants to get our prod­ucts to mar­ket in Europe with­out spend­ing count­less hours or mon­ey on REACH reg­u­la­tion compliance.

You are a foreign supplier

Only com­pa­nies that have a legal pres­ence with­in the Euro­pean Union (EU) can be REACH Only Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and can sub­mit REACH reg­is­tra­tions dossiers to ECHA. There­fore, Non-EU com­pa­nies must appoint a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to be the REACH Only Representative.

Why does it makes sense to appoint CAPLINQ as your REACH Only Representative (OR)?

Since 2004, CAPLINQ has worked with man­u­fac­tur­ers and pro­duc­ers in the Unit­ed States, Cana­da, Chi­na, Korea, Africa, Tai­wan, Japan, Rus­sia, Turkey, Moroc­co, and Singapore.

Your data is sen­si­tive, we sign NDA’s. You just want to be sure you REACH are com­pli­ant, and have it all tak­en care of, we get that and do that. You want reports to be sure every­thing’s doc­u­ment­ed. Check. You want all this, and it can’t cost a for­tune. It won’t. CAPLINQ under­stands what our cus­tomers expect in a REACH Only Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, would­n’t you also like that peace of mind?

Please vis­it us at www.caplinq.com to learn more about our REACH ser­vices. If you have any oth­er ques­tions about Reach Only Rep­re­sen­ta­tion, please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us.

About Chris Perabo

Chris is an energetic and enthusiastic engineer and entrepreneur. He is always interested in taking highly technical subjects and distilling these to their essence so that even the layman can understand. He loves to get into the technical details of an issue and then understand how it can be useful for specific customers and applications. Chris is currently the Director of Business Development at CAPLINQ.

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