26 March 2013 09:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HELSINKI (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Tuesday it has increased fees for large European chemicals companies registering materials under the EU's Reach legislation.
The fee hike, which is in line with inflation, according to Kevin Pollard, head of ECHA’s registration and dissemination unit, has been brought in to offset reductions on registration fees for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Standard fees and charges have been increased by 4% for registrations and by 3.5% for authorisations, according to an EU filing by ECHA late last week.
ECHA announced fee reductions of 35-95% for registrations and 25-90% for authorisations for SMEs last week. The fee hikes were also introduced last week, and came into effect on 22 March.
The next Reach registration deadline – for chemicals marketed in the EU in quantities of 100-1,000 tonnes – is on 31 May 2013. Around 7,600 dossiers are expected to be submitted by the deadline, according to ECHA executive director Geert Dancet. So far, 3,400 have been received.
A breakdown of fee increases and reductions can be found here.
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