REACH registration results

Summary - REACH registrations since 2008

Three deadlines for existing chemicals

The third and last REACH deadline for registering substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 to 100 tonnes per year closed on 31 May 2018. This deadline concluded the 10 year REACH registration journey for existing (phase-in) chemicals on the EU/EEA market.

The first deadline on 30 November 2010 was for substances manufactured or imported in large volumes (≥1 000 tonnes per year) and those that are most hazardous. The second deadline on 31 May 2013 was for substances manufactured or imported in amounts from 100 to 1 000 tonnes per year.

Companies could benefit from these deadlines if they were manufacturing or importing existing (phase-in) substances that had a valid pre-registration done either in 2008 or at the latest one year before the relevant deadline. They could register with ECHA at any time between REACH’s entry into force in 2008 and the relevant deadline.

Registrations and substances

Since 2008, 13 620 companies have submitted 88 319 registration dossiers in all tonnages to ECHA. 82 874 of these were found complete and companies have received their registration numbers. 5 445 registrations are still being processed, as they were submitted close to the 31 May 2018 deadline.

18 % of all registrations were submitted by micro, small or medium-sized companies (SMEs); 82 % came from large companies. 23 % of the registrations were made by only representatives on behalf of a non-EU company, while 38 % were made by importers (some of which may also be manufacturers). The rest of the registrations were submitted by EU/EEA manufacturers.

Registrations were received from companies in all 28 EU Member States and three European Economic Area (EEA) countries, with the largest shares coming from Germany (25 %), the United Kingdom (14 %) and France (10 %). The top five non-EU countries from which companies submitted their registrations through only representatives are the USA (27%), China (15%), Japan (14%) India (12%) and Switzerland (6%).

The submitted registrations cover 21 551 substances.

Overall, companies have registered less substances than estimated in 2006 by the European Commission (~30 000 substances). There might be several reasons, but what is clear is that many companies have rationalised their substance portfolios making their registration decisions based on business analysis. They have, therefore, registered fewer substances than initially planned when they pre-registered. The impact of this in the chemicals’ supply chains will only be clearer by the end of the year.

Full picture in the autumn

ECHA has until 31 August 2018 to check the completeness of all submitted registrations and either assign a registration number or inform companies if information is missing from their dossiers. In most of the pending cases, ECHA is checking the completeness of the information submitted against the information required by law or waiting for the companies’ registration fees to be paid. Most of the dossiers still being processed are for substances that had their registration deadline in 2018.

REACH registrations after May 2018

Now that the 10-year transitional period is over, any company manufacturing or importing a chemical in amounts of more than one tonne per year needs to have it registered under REACH before placing it on the EU/EEA market. Also, the companies that have completed their registrations need to keep the information up to date, to reflect, for example, the correct production volume, new uses, and the most recent safe use advice.


Overall summary (all figures on 31 May 2018)

  # Submitted to ECHA # Completed
Registrations (all tonnages) 88 319 82 874
Substances 21 551 20 608

NB: The numbers for registrations and substances are different as one substance can be registered by more than one registrant (company). Each registrant must submit their own registration, though companies work together to share data on the substance.

 

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Breakdown by the registrants’ company sizes

The table below shows a breakdown of the number of registrations by company size (micro, small, medium-sized or large company) as indicated by the companies. Companies’ self-declarations are verified by ECHA in due time.

 

Registrations by company size # Registrations submitted # Registrations completed
Registrations by large companies 72 559 68 348
Registrations by SMEs 11 020 9 786

Medium-sized companies

6 264

5 551

Small-sized companies

3 524

3 114

Micro-sized companies

1 232 1 121
Registrations by companies with undefined company size* 4 740 4 740
TOTAL 88 319 82 874

These are registrations for substances notified under the regulation preceding REACH, known as the notification of new substances (NONS). NONS substances are considered registered under REACH.

Registered substances by total tonnage band

The total tonnage band for a substance is determined by adding the volumes of all registrations received for that substance and translating their sum into a band.

Tonnages # Substances (in completed registrations)
100 000 000 - 1 000 000 000 tonnes per year 4
10 000 000 - 100 000 000 tonnes per year 49
1 000 000 - 10 000 000 tonnes per year 176
100 000 - 1 000 000 tonnes per year 325
10 000 - 100 000 tonnes per year 647
1 000 - 10 000 tonnes per year 1 374
100 - 1 000 tonnes per year 2 145
10 - 100 tonnes per year 2 654
1 - 10 tonnes per year 2 745
0 - 1 tonnes per year 4 461
Intermediate use only (under strictly controlled conditions) 6 028
TOTAL 20 608

 

Breakdown of registrations by tonnage band

The table below shows a breakdown of the number of registrations and substances by tonnage bands, intermediates under strictly controlled conditions and NONS.

NONS are registrations for substances notified under the regulation preceding REACH, known as the notification of new substances (NONS). NONS substances are considered registered under REACH.

Tonnage band # Registrations completed # Substances* 
(in completed registrations)
# Registrations still being processed
1 000 tonnes per year and more 20 113 2 278 101
100 - 1 000 tonnes per year 12 489 3 517 304
10 - 100 tonnes per year 11 080 3 957 1 849
1 - 10 tonnes per year 14 685 5 908 2 369
Intermediates (under strictly controlled conditions) 14 549 7 675 822
NONS registrations 9 958 5 293 0
TOTAL 82 874 - 5 445

* The same substance can be registered for many tonnage bands. Hence, the numbers do not add up to the total number of unique registered substances.

Top 10 EU/EEA countries: registrations and substances

The table below shows the top 10 countries in the 28 EU Member States and the European Economic Area countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) in terms of number of registrations. Numbers for individual EU/EEA countries are available in the registration statistics infographic.

Country # Registrations submitted # Registrations completed # Substances (in completed registrations)
Germany 22 297 21 154 9 899
United Kingdom 12 156 11 315 5 343
France 8 733 7 941 4 294
Netherlands 7 661 7 218 3 454
Italy 7 365 6 839 3 805
Belgium 6 019 5 693 3 054
Spain 5 890 5 398 3 068
Ireland 3 746 3 581 1 866
Sweden 2 413 2 283 1 583
Poland 1 590 1 467 645
ALL EU/EEA 88 319 82 874 20 608

 

List of registered substances 

The information from the registrations that have been completed is published in the registered substances database. ECHA will update this database regularly as more registrations are completed. 

You can see those substances with submitted and completed registrations on the lead registrant list, unless the name of the substance has been claimed confidential by the registrant. 

More information

You can find further details on completed registrations, substances and the EU/EEA country-specific numbers in the registration statistics infographic.

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