SME fees under REACH and CLP
Before you declare your company as an SME, make yourself familiar with the relevant EU definition. The Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC is the sole authentic basis for determining the conditions regarding qualification as micro, small or medium-sized enterprise.
For Only Representatives (ORs), the pertinent assessment of whether the fee reduction for SMEs applies shall be determined by the relevant data of the enterprise that is represented by that OR, including relevant information from linked and partner companies of that enterprise, in accordance with the Commission Recommendation.
It is important to get this right. If you wrongly declare your company size, you wil have to pay an administrative charge and the balance to the correct fee. Remember that it is you, the registrant, that is entirely responsible for the correctness and authenticity of the information provided in the process of the dossier submission in REACH-IT. The Agency does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of the advice given by third parties to determine your company size or the size of the company you represent as an Only Representative.
How to determine the company size category
Step-by-step instructions on assessing the company size category.
What to do if you incorrectly indicated the SME size category
If you indicated the incorrect company size category in REACH-IT, read the following instructions on how to inform ECHA.
ECHA has the responsibility to check the size of the companies who claim to be eligible for SME fee reductions to ensure fair competition.
Following the verification procedure on the declared SME size category, ECHA levies an administrative charge from any registrant who incorrectly claimed to be entitled to a fee reduction.
- Verification of fee reductions - ECHA's Management Board adjusts administrative charge levels
12 June 2015
- General Court has annulled ECHA's decision regarding administrative charge
29 October 2014
- SME size verification - reductions to the administrative charge 25 February 2013
- ECHA protects SME privileges 16 November 2012
- ECHA encourages registrants to ensure their company size is correctly declared21 February 2012
- Charges for companies wrongly registering as SMEs 26 November 2010
- ECHA e-News20 October 2010
- ECHA encourages SME registrants to verify their company size29 July 2010
- Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC on SME definition [PDF]
- Management Board decision MB/D/29/2010 on the charges [PDF]
- Management Board decision MB/21/2012 [PDF]
- Management Board decision MB/14/2015 [PDF]
- Fee Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 [PDF]
- Fee Regulation Amendment (EC) No 254/2013 [PDF]
- Commission Guide on SME definition [PDF]
- Electronic SME test
- European Portal for SME
- Enterprise Europe Network
- SME National Contact Points
- Webinar: SMEs and REACH