Updated guidance to support R&D and innovation

To support innovation, especially by SMEs, ECHA has published an update to its Guidance on Scientific Research and Development (SR&D) and Product and Process Orientated Research and Development (PPORD) simultaneously with a new Guidance in a nutshell on the same subject.


Helsinki, 27 November 2014 – The REACH Regulation aims to ensure "a high level of protection of human health and the environment as well as the free movement of substances, on their own, in mixtures and in articles, while enhancing competitiveness and innovation". Potential exemptions from registration under REACH exist for substances used in research and development. This updated guidance and the associated guidance in a nutshell document will support companies better in their decisions to innovate by clarifying the obligations and necessary actions required of those wishing to take advantage of these exemptions. It also gives additional information on conditions that ECHA can impose and on the procedures for renewal of an exemption.

The completely new first-ever Guidance in a nutshell document on this subject has been published simultaneously in 23 official EU languages. Translations of the main guidance will also be available in early 2015.