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REACH Registration

What are some examples of articles containing substances intended to be released?

Substances may be intended to be released from articles to provide "added value". Scented children's toys, for example, are articles made with the intent of releasing substances. The release is an additional quality of the toy and is therefore intended because it gives added value, namely a pleasant smell.

As a counter-example, consider the case of a printer cartridge or a wet cleaning wipe. In these cases, the substances can be physically separated from the article. Therefore, they cannot be considered as substances in an article, but rather as substances in a container.

The consequence is that the supplier of cartridges is considered as a supplier of substances and the general registration obligations therefore apply.

For further information see the Guidance on requirements for substances in articles:

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