No local company needed for REA registration
We have had various clients asking whether it is necessary to set up a local company to register for REA (Registro de Empresas Acreditadas) in Spain. The answer is: No local company is needed for REA registration. Foreign companies can register for REA without any problem. We do that frequently, see our recommendations. If you would like to set up anyhow we can help you with our soft landing services.
Firstly, Setting up in order to get a REA accreditation is not necessary and, secondly it will also bring extra paperwork (i.e. headache) with it. As with the setting up of a local entity you subject yourself to the Spanish rules around health and safety requirements for registering. Which is something you dont have to do if you register your foreign company (you still need to do health and safety paperwork, but not the Spanish kind). Thirdly, your Spanish or foreign company cannot piggyback off of the REA registration of the other. So once you would have set up a Spanish local company, if the employees that you need for the job are employed by your foreign company, it still requires a REA registration.
All in all, setting up a local company just for REA purposes is making things complicated.
Get in touch with Jochem who can tell you all about the necessary (and unnecessary) REA registration requirements. Quick and efficient processing of your Spanish REA registration for foreign companies.