REACH ‘Grandfathering’ Deadline: 30 April 2021

At the end of the EU Exit implementation period your UK-held EU REACH registration (as defined in Article 127A) has been carried over or ‘grandfathered’ into UK REACH.

In an analogous way, existing UK-held registrations for On-site Isolated Intermediates, Transported Isolated Intermediates and PPORD exemptions are grandfathered into UK REACH (Articles 127L, 127M and 127K respectively).

By 30 April 2021: GB-based holders of existing registrations and PPORDs under EU REACH must submit information in accordance with the transitional provisions of UK REACH.

What you should do to grandfather your registration

You will need to provide some information about your registration dossier in IUCLID 6 format, through the Comply with UK REACH service on GOV.UK. Guidance on how to Grandfather an existing EU registration under Articles 127B, 127L or 127M of UK REACH (as appropriate) is available.

The guidance outlines the information that you are required to submit.

What you should do to grandfather your PPORD

You will need to notify HSE, via email, of the relevant information required as per Article 9(2) of the REACH regulation. Guidance on how to Grandfather an EU REACH PPORD is available.

The guidance outlines the information that you are required to submit in accordance with Article 127K of UK REACH.

UK REACH service on GOV.UK

The Comply with UK REACH service on GOV.UK will only accept dossiers that are compiled using IUCLID 6.

If your dossiers are in an older format you will need to convert them as per the guidance on the IUCLID website.

Business Bulletin – Brexit: New rules are here – 19 April 2021

Issue 79: 19 April 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period has ended. There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January, and you need to take action now. All information on Brexit can be found at www.gov.uk/transition. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.

  • Apply for a grant to help small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting
  • New Guidance
  • Updated Guidance
  • Webinars

Read more: Business Bulletin – Brexit – New rules are here – 19 April 2021

UK Emissions Trading Scheme free allocation review: call for evidence

The UK government and devolved administrations are seeking evidence on free allocation in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description:

Within the context of the UK government and devolved administration’s ambitious climate targets, we are calling for evidence now on how our use of free allocations can better incentivise emissions reduction, and protect energy intensive, trade exposed industries from the risk of carbon leakage.

We are seeking input from the full range of interested parties on:

  • key questions the review should consider, and the problems we should be looking at
  • how we can make free allocations fairer and more targeted when reducing in line with the reduction in the overall cap
  • examples and evidence of carbon leakage to help inform future free allocation policy
  • relevant sources of evidence and expertise that should inform the review
  • we would particularly appreciate all substantive, quantitative evidence that can be provided to help develop the best possible evidence base
  • significant lessons it is important to learn, from the UK and internationally

Read more: UK Emissions Trading Scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 8 April 2021

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support.

  • Easing of covid restrictions in England: How the rules will change on 12 April
  • Financial Support
  • Open Consultation- Commercial rents and COVID-19: call for evidence
  • New and Updated Guidance
  • Workplace Guidance
  • Travel

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 8 April 2021

G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting chaired by Chancellor agrees ambitious climate agenda in UK’s COP Presidency year

The Chancellor chaired a meeting with G7 counterparts today where they agreed an ambitious green agenda ahead of COP26, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 and beyond.

  • G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors discuss their role in driving forward the transition of their economies and financial systems to net zero
  • Chancellor highlights the need for G7 to raise its climate finance ambition to support the $100 billion target
  • Chancellor calls for improved climate-related financial disclosures and international transparency to tackle illicit finance from illegal wildlife trade

This is the first of a series of discussions that Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors will have on these topics during the UK’s G7 Presidency this year.

Read more: G7 meeting

Daily update from GOV.UK for: Department for International Trade

Liz Truss unveils plans to work with G7 to tackle global trading challenges

Page summary:
International Trade Secretary sets out agenda to champion free and fair trade as she chairs ministers’ meeting of first ever G7 Trade Track

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
9:57am, 31 March 2021

Export controls applying to academic research

Page summary:
How the UK’s strategic export controls apply to academics, university researchers and their institutions, and when an export licence is needed.

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
1:00pm, 31 March 2021

Export controls on academic research

Page summary:
Case study scenarios showing when an export licence may be needed in university teaching or research environments.

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
1:00pm, 31 March 2021

UK’s G7 Trade Track Opening Statement

Page summary:
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss’, opening statement at the inaugural G7 Trade Track

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
2:46pm, 31 March 2021

G7 Trade Ministers’ Meeting – Chair’s Statement

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Chair’s statement by the G7 countries at the inaugural G7 Trade Track

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
6:01pm, 31 March 2021

Daily update from GOV.UK for: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page summary:
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

Change made:
The visitor economy – Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March.

Time updated:
8:32am, 31 March 2021

Horizon Europe funding updated

Page summary:
Funding for research or innovation that’s ground breaking, improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.

Change made:
Contacts changed for Research infrastructure and Health, wellbeing and democratic change

Time updated:
10:43am, 31 March 2021

How to get in touch with the Green Homes Grant scheme

Page summary:
The correspondence procedure tells you how to get in touch with the Green Homes Grant scheme, including how to make a complaint and how to appeal a decision.

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
2:30pm, 31 March 2021

Register energy devices in homes or small businesses: guidance for device owners and installation contractors

Page summary:
Check what you need to do when registering an energy device, including solar PV, heat pumps, battery storage and electric vehicle charge points.

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
2:48pm, 31 March 2021

Documents required to register for the UK Emissions Trading Registry

Page summary:
What documents you need to register for the UK Emissions Trading Registry.

Change made:
First published.

Time updated:
3:21pm, 31 March 2021

Regulations: The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing (ABS)

Page summary:
Guidance for those conducting research and development on genetic resources.

Change made:
Forms for due diligence declarations and the self-assessment of compliance updated.

Time updated:
3:26pm, 31 March 2021

Being a company director

Page summary:
Understanding your role as a company director and your responsibilities to Companies House.

Change made:
Added directors’ toolkit with links to more online guidance.

Time updated:
4:38pm, 31 March 2021

Carrying out work under the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme

Page summary:
How to carry out work under the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme if you are a tradesperson or business.

Change made:
You can no longer register to be a Green Homes Grant installer. If you applied to be a registered installer before 5pm 31 March 2021, your application will still be processed. If you are already a registered installer, you can continue to carry out work under the scheme if your customer has been issued a voucher.

Time updated:
5:00pm, 31 March 2021

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements to your home

Page summary:
How to use your Green Homes Grant voucher to make energy efficient improvements to your home.

Change made:
You can no longer apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher. If you applied for a voucher before the closing date, your application will still be processed and we will be in touch to confirm if your application is successful. If you have already been issued a voucher, you can still use it to get the work done.

Time updated:
5:00pm, 31 March 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG), Restart Grant, Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): guidance for local authorities

Page summary:
This is guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support businesses during national lockdown periods and periods of local restrictions.

Change made:
Added sample template for declaring subsidy allowances which can be sent out to businesses.

Time updated:
5:53pm, 31 March 2021

Aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition

Page summary:
We’re seeking views on further enabling UK clean energy exports and timing of implementation of policy shift in UK international fossil fuel energy sector support.

Change made:
Document added that sets out the detail of the new policy on UK government support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas, effective from 31 March 2021.

Time updated:
7:24pm, 31 March 2021

Domestic RHI mechanism for budget management: estimated commitments

Page summary:
Monthly and quarterly forecasts for estimated committed Domestic RHI expenditure for the next 12 months.

Change made:
Added monthly forecast as at 28 February 2021.

Time updated:
12:15am, 1 April 2021

Millions get pay rise from today as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

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Millions of workers in all parts of the UK will receive a pay increase from today.

Change made:
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Time updated:
12:15am, 1 April 2021

Recovery Loan Scheme launches today

A new government-backed loan scheme launches today (6 April) to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it.

  • new loan scheme will provide further support to protect businesses and jobs
  • loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap
  • government has backed £75 billion of loans to date as part of unprecedented £350 billion wider support package

The Recovery Loan Scheme will ensure businesses continue to benefit from Government-guaranteed finance throughout 2021.

With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening next week, Ministers have ensured that appropriate support is still available to businesses to protect jobs. From today, businesses – ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms – and can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.

Read more: Recovery Loan Scheme launches today