Details of importance for non-EU companies

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Details of importance for non-EU companies

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. EU REACH (Regulation (EC) 1907/2006) applies in the 27 EU Member States and in the EEA (European Economic Agreement) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway that are not EU members. UK REACH (REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019) applies in Great Britain (GB). More information about REACH and the impact on ExxonMobil can be found under REACH components and Impact to ExxonMobil

Companies established outside the EU/EEA or outside GB do not have direct obligations under EU/UK REACH, respectively.  The responsibility to fulfill REACH obligations lies with each importer established in the EU/EEA or in GB (as relevant). Non-EU/GB manufacturers and non-EU/GB formulators have an option to appoint an Only Representative (OR) in the EU/EEA or GB who can represent them and fulfill their legal obligations.

REACH has an exemption for polymers, however, the monomers and the performance additives in a polymer product are in scope of the registration obligations.

EU REACH

EU REACH requires all manufacturers in and all importers to EU/EEA to comply with REACH obligations, including registrations. EU REACH registrations completed by ExxonMobil are valid for products purchased by customers directly from an ExxonMobil affiliate in the EU/EEA only. Customers purchasing products from outside the EU/EEA and importing into the EU/EEA are responsible for completing their own REACH obligations including registration for their imports. 

In general, ExxonMobil does not provide Only Representative (OR) support to EU/EEA importers under EU REACH. More detailed information is available under Registration Status.

UK REACH

UK REACH entered into force on January 1st, 2021 and is currently in a transitional phase to allow industry to prepare for registration under UK REACH. Registrations under UK REACH will likely be required in three stages, the first one expected at the earliest in 2025. A definitive statement on the future registration of ExxonMobil substances and the eventual provision of Only Representative support will be communicated in due time after the final UK REACH guidelines have been made available.

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)

Information about ExxonMobil products on the EU/GB market containing Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) can be found in Response to Candidate List (SVHC). When an ExxonMobil product contains a SVHC in a concentration at or above 0.1wt%, a statement is included in Section 15 of the REACH Safety Data Sheets (SDS). For confirmation of SVHC content for products not available on the EU/EEA/GB market, please contact your regular sales contact for assistance.

ExxonMobil continues to strongly recommend that customers assess their legal responsibilities under EU REACH, when importing into the European Union and European Economic Area or under UK REACH, when importing into Great Britain.