Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

EU Chemicals regulation - REACH 2018: Final REACH registration deadline 31 May 2018

Seoul, 28/11/2017 - 06:57, UNIQUE ID: 171128_1
Statements on behalf of the EU

EU Chemicals regulation - REACH 2018:

Final REACH registration deadline 31 May 2018


Are you affected by the EU REACH deadline?

  • If you export chemical substances to the EU above one tonne per year, you may have registration obligations under EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).


  • Additionally, if you export a product (mixture, article) to the EU, it may contain substances that need to be registered individually.


  • If you have already pre-registered substances under REACH that you export to the EU above one tonne (but not more than 100 tonnes) per year but have not already registered them, the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018 concerns you.

The final date for registration of chemical substances under the EU chemicals legislation REACH is: 31 May 2018. After that date, substances exported to the EU in quantities reaching one tonne or more per year per importer, that are not registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) can no longer be placed on the EU market.

Note: Korean companies, and foreign companies based in Korea, are affected by REACH if they export chemicals to the EU in quantities of more than 1 tonne per year. Their EU-based importers or representatives should register substances on their behalf.

How to complete the registration dossier?

In order to complete the registration dossier, EU importers will need detailed information on the composition and the properties of the chemical substance, which should be provided by the non-EU company. Alternatively, the non-EU company can also appoint a so-called "Only Representative", who shall be based in the EU to submit the registration on behalf of the non-EU company.

In both cases, the non-EU company should be prepared to provide the information required for the registration. Companies that need to register the same substance are required to share data and related costs, and to submit most of the information jointly.

Where to find more information?

The ECHA's website contains extensive information on REACH and other EU chemicals legislation. You may check the links:


You may also directly contact ECHA (, if you require any further information.

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