Several groups of substances are exempted from REACH. There are six main categories:
• Polymers - This sounds better than it is. Monomers and most additives are not exempted. See the section ‘Polymers and Monomers’ below.
• Substances completely exempted according to Annex IV - Some 90 substances that are well known and of low risk such as water, CO2 and numerous organic substances such as several fatty acids, vegetable oils, cellulose pulp etc.
• Groups of substances completely exempted according to Annex V. Some examples: