What is a substance?

A substance is a chemical element and its compounds in their natural state or the result of a manufacturing process.
In a manufacturing process, a chemical reaction is usually needed to form a substance.
Chemical (A) and chemical (B) are put together and react to form the substance C.
Compound C is a substance made by the reaction of A and B.

Examples of substances are:

  • Metals
  • Solvents, such as acetone
  • Dyes and pigments
  • Diesel and other fuels.
  • REACH registration obligations only apply to substances.

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