This instrument will:
- Help to ensure the UK meets its obligations under the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and provide for access by Northern Irish goods to the Great Britain market.
- Extend transitional provisions for importers of substances from EU based registrants by a further 120 days. These importers now have 300 days from 1 January 2021 to provide UK authorities with some initial information as part of a Downstream User Import Notification (DUINs).
- Introduce a new phased approach to UK REACH data submission. Companies will now have 2, 4 or 6 years beginning after those 300 days for full registrations to be completed. These deadlines are dependent on tonnage bands and hazard profile, with the highest tonnage and most hazardous chemicals first.
The SI will now make its way through the parliamentary processes, with the intention that it will come into force at the end of the Transition Period . We will be publishing detailed guidance on the HSE website in the next few days.