The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently cancelled registrations under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) of several companies involved in manufacturing or importing REACHcontrolled chemicals. ECHA said it took the action because the companies had misrepresented themselves as small- or medium-sized entities to take advantage of lower registration fees. ECHA had reportedly sent multiple reminders to each of the companies telling them to pay the full registration fees.
REACH establishes registration fees ranging from approximately $1,530 to $39,353 per chemical, depending on production volume, although joint registrations by multiple manufacturers or importers are allowed. Small- and medium-sized enterprises, defined as having fewer than 250 employees and annual revenue below about $64.6 million, pay reduced fees of between about $612 and $27,675. ECHA stated that more cancellations for improper size certification under REACH will be forthcoming.