A new Regulation has been published which amends the fees and charges set out in Regulation (EC) 340/2008, for registering chemicals under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
The amendments have been made by Regulation (EU) 254/2013 which came into force on 22 March 2013, however the amendments will not apply to pending submissions made under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 before that date.
Under the changes, standard fees have increased by approximately 7%, but discounts for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will see the costs of compliance fall for SMEs compared to current levels.
Medium-sized firms (with up to 250 members of staff) will receive a 35% discount on standard registration fees, compared to the current 30% reduction, small firms (with up to 50 employees) will receive a 65% discount and micro firms (with 10 employers or fewer) will get a 95% discount.
While the standard charge for registering a substance of 1-10 tonnes, for example, will rise from €1,600 to €1,714, medium sized firms will pay €1,114, compared to the €1,120 they pay currently, and small firms will pay €600 rather than €640.
Similar increases in the discounted rates will also apply for charges for authorisations and appeals.
Antonio Tajani, the commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, and Janez Potocnik, the environment commissioner, said, “By reducing fees for SMEs affected by the REACH legislation, the commission is directly responding to their concerns.
We are working together towards EU chemical legislation that protects health and the environment, as well helping European businesses to grow and to create jobs.”