ORO at ECHA Open Forum Meeting

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ORO had the opportunity to participate at the ECHA Open Forum Meeting, held in Helsinki 08. Nov. 2016.

ECHA took the opportunity to address question to ORO in an [interview] with Dr. Rudolf Staab (ORO Vice Secretary).


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Brexit: The UK’s withdrawal from the EU V 3.0

UPDATE V 3.0 November 2018

A commentary on the Only Representative Implications

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ORO at ECHA Open Forum Meeting

08. Nov. 2016 / Helsinki

ORO had the opportunity to participate at the ECHA Open Forum Meeting, held in Helsinki 08. Nov. 2016.

Dr. Rudolf Staab (ORO Vice Secretary) gave a presentation on Only Representatives, their obligations and challenges for the supply chain [download presentation] symbol pdf

The presentation of ORO was highly appreciated and ECHA took the opportunity to address question to ORO in an interview.

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Interview link: Please click on the image


ORO Brexit Statement


Since the last ORO Technical Meeting  (30 Nov. 2017) ORO members agreed that the first ORO BREXIT statement, published 07/2016, is an outdated document.
Therefore it is no longer available on the ORO Web Page.

ORO is currently preparing a new Brexit statement that addresses the concern of the poor development in the Brexit consultation seen in the past. Since political stakeholders have mention the "Hard Brexit" possibility, ORO has to consider this least wanted option in the new ORO Brexit statement, which is expected to be published in 02/2018.

For the time being, ORO would like to mention that UK based ORO Members should be considered as robust regulatory service providers for OR services - now and in the future.


The referendum in the UK on June 23rd 2016 that resulted in a vote for the UK to withdraw from membership of the European Union has resulted in some uncertainty as far as the European regulatory landscape is concerned. This statement is intended to try to bring some clarity to this situation. The key points, based on what we know today, are as follows: ...

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REACH compliant imports!

ORO Information paper.

Seeking Downstream User status for imported chemicals can be a difficult and risky task.


According to the Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH), it is the obligation of the recipient of a product
containing chemical substances in the scope of REACH, especially when purchasing from outside the EU, to
clarify and document the individual REACH role (Importer / Downstream User) before a substance is placed on
the market - even when an OR is involved...

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Best Practice Guidance 2014

Beitrag ORO ReachNav 11 12 2014

REACH in der Praxis

ORO veröffentlicht Best Practice Guidance

Article from Dr. Dieter Drohmann, President Only Representative Organisation (ORO) Dec. 2014 / page 6-7

Das EU Chemikalienrecht ist seit der Verabschiedung und Implementierung von REACH seit 2007 völlig im Umbruch,
nicht nur in Europa, sondern weltweit. Da REACH eine EU-Verordnung ist, stellt diese für nicht-EU-Hersteller
keine Verpflichtung zur Einhaltung dar. Daher verlagert REACH die Registrierpflicht auf die EU-Importeure
(in ihrer Rolle als Inverkehrbringer). Dies kann für Importeure zu einer großen Kostenbelastung werden, da jeder
Importeur alle importierten Stoffe selber registrieren muss. Nicht-EU-Hersteller können ihre Stoffe nur durch
solche Importeure in die EU exportieren, welche selbst Stoffregistrierungen besitzen und sind somit von den
Importeuren abhängig.... [download article]


ORO Technical Meeting 2/2014


September 18, the second ORO Technical Meeting in Munich

2. TM Meeting Munich

ORO Members participating


ORO 5 Years


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On May 21, ORO celebrates with its Members the 5th. anniversary in Brussels.

WP 20140521 ORO

ORO Members participating

At the same Event, the new Best Practice Guide (PDF 2 MB) was presented and published.

ORO invited two guest speakers from FECC (Dr. Uta Jensen-Korte) and Eurometaux - European Association of Metals (Mr. Hugo Waeterschoot).

Both speakers acknowledged on behalf of thier associations the work of ORO and its members as reliable stakeholders important for EU industry to access compliant chemicals worldwide.

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Guests and ORO President
(f.l.t.r) H. Waeterschoot, D. Drohmann, Dr. U. Jensen-Korte)


Position Paper 2014

March 2014

Position Paper
Only Representatives and late Pre-registrations

The issue
Non-European manufacturers and formulators regularly appoint Only Representatives to take over REACH obligations from their European customers, the importers, at a time where their products are already on the EU market. They generally perform these ‘late OR appointments’ for commercial reasons; to reduce the administrative burden of their customers, to support their EU/EEA customers so they should not have to submit registrations themselves, to ensure
the confidentiality of their formulations, to give REACH compliance of their products in more competent hands, and most importantly, to service new customers and new markets, or those customers who only wish to do business if an Only Representative is involved.


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Importer Coverage through the Only Representative Facility

FECC Newsletter Issue 1 - 01/2013 (Page 9)
ORO President Dr. Drohmann contributes Article to FECC Newsletter

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ORO Best Practice Guide

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