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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