REACH requires that all companies that place a substance in quantities of one tonne or more per year on the EU market, register it with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). However, registration can only be performed by EU-based companies.
Non-EU-based companies can assign an only representative, who registers the substances they manufacture on their behalf. In this case, their customers will be considered downstream users and will not have to perform the registration.
Advantages of appointing an only representative:
Obligations of an only representative
An only representative assumes the obligations of the importers under REACH