UK REACH: regulatory update
UK REACH entered into force on 1 January 2021, and it applies to companies that manufacture, import, and use chemical substances within Great Britain (GB) – that is excluding Northern Ireland (see previous COMPASS article here).
Under the terms of the Withdrawal Bill, EU law as of 1 January 2021 was retained as UK/GB law. However, amendments were made to remove/fix the parts that were inoperable in a GB-only context. Transitional provisions were also implemented to ease the change from EU REACH to UK REACH applying in GB.
The transitional provisions currently have registration deadlines of October 2023, October 2028, and October 2030. However, these are going to be extended by 3 years to October 2026, October 2028 and October 2030 – these new deadlines are expected to be legislated this summer.
This is to allow time for the government to develop an Alternative Transitional Registration (ATR) model. The idea of ATR is that the information requirements for UK REACH registration will be the same as EU REACH, but the way of fulfilling these requirements will be different – to reduce the cost to the British chemical industry.
For advice and assistance with any UK REACH duties you may have, please contact H2 Compliance’s chemical team here.