An EU law enacted in June 2007 (not a regulatory body like the U.S. EPA) covers the entire EU including 30 countries and some neighboring states. It is not uniformly interpreted by all Member States (MS). It has a registration goal of approx. 30,000 chemicals in 10 years. Some substances are completely excluded from REACH regulation such as radio-active substances, while some others are exempted from REACH partially. For example, polymers and starch are exempted from registration, but they may be subject to other obligations under REACH.
1. Things that are fully excluded from REACH
Radio-active substances, Substances used in defense, which are covered by National exemptions, waste, substances under customs supervision, non isolated intermediates and transported materials.
2. Things that are exempted from REACH Registration
Medicinal products and also things utilized in food stuffs. Things included in REACH Regulation (Annex IV) (68 items that are known to be safe such as Corn oil and Nitrogen. Things that are covered by Annex V of the REACH Regulation include hydrates and by-products. Natural things like minerals, cement clinker, ores, natural gas, ore concentrates, natural gas condensate, liquefied petroleum gas, process gases, coal and crude oil. Polymers, re-imported substance, already registered recycled substance.
3. Things that are regarded as Registered
Here are the few things that are regarded as registered: Active substances which are used in plant protection products, active substances that are used in biocides, notified substances as per the Directive 67/548/EEC.