How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

Preparations Government has made to support the chemicals sector in preparing for Brexit on 31 October 2019.

The following list details the suite of written guidance the Government has produced:

  • REACH no deal guidance
  • REACH deal guidance
  • Chemicals Sector Brexit page
  • Chemicals REACH guidance
  • Import/ export chemicals process map

All these materials can be accessed via the Gov.UK REACH Guidance page. Developments in additional products to help businesses prepare for Brexit are underway. They will be shared shortly for all ALFED members.

Statutory Instruments (SIs) laid to amend the REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

  1. Amending SI 1: OR Notification:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An amendment to was laid to account for downstream users of ‘third country’ registrations held by EU based Only Representatives. Only Representatives (ORs) representing EU or third country importers to UK REACH will now benefit from these measures and be able to notify continued use of a substance on behalf of their downstream users.  These ORs must be UK based.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here

  1. Amending SI 2: ‘in-flight’ Authorisations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under a ‘no-deal’ scenario, there may be applications for authorisation for SVHCs which will not have been formally agreed by ECHA and the EU Commission at the point of exit. Previously, where the latest application date (LAD) or sunset date for a substance passes before exit day, use of the substance in the UK would have to cease from exit day. The amendment ensures that authorisation applications that fall into this situation will have their LAD and sunset date moved automatically to 18 months after our day of exit from the EU. Those wishing to continue using such substances after that point must submit a new Authorisation application to the HSE.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here.

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