The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is about to start verifying the size of micro, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that have registered substances between 2016 and 2019.

The objective of this exercise is to ensure equal and fair treatment for all registrants. ECHA will send a request for documentary via REACH-IT and gives a deadline by which the documents must be delivered.

Those companies benefit from reduced fees for REACH registrations.

Companies should ensure that the correct company size has been declared and that the relevant supporting documents have been uploaded.

ECHA is allowing companies to get in touch before 11 February 2020 to update their company size if it is incorrectly declared. This can be done by emailing sme-verification@echa.europa.eu. Declaring and rectifying in advance will mean that the difference to the applicable registration fee will be payable, there will be no fine or administration charge. If ECHA finds the declaration to be incorrect an administrative charge of up to EUR 19,900 will be applied.

A stepwise approach on how to determine and declare the correct size of your enterprise is available on ECHA’s website.

It is also important to regularly check your REACH-IT accounts for any messages and tasks from ECHA, keep your contact details up to date and react to ECHA’s requests.

ECHA has announced that the past years’ verifications show that a high proportion of companies did not in reality qualify for the SME fee reductions.

More information on SMEs is available on ECHA’s website.

Last reviewed 7 February 2020