REACH and Brexit

28 Sep 2020

UK REACH, the UK’s independent chemicals regulatory framework, starts on 1 January 2021. Any members making, selling or distributing chemicals in the UK and the EU need to follow UK REACH and EU REACH rules.

Under UK REACH, manufacturers and importers have a duty to register chemicals that access the UK market. GB-based companies currently registered with EU REACH will no longer be able to sell into the EEA market without transferring their registrations to an EU/EEA-based organisation.

Businesses must review their roles in the EU and UK REACH systems, and their current supply chains. They’ll need to take certain actions to access the EU/EEA and UK markets.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, the process for Northern Ireland businesses moving goods to and from the European Union under EU REACH will not change from 1 January 2021. Further guidance will be published for NI businesses moving goods into the GB market.

The potential impact of these changes (which may affect a number of BFPA members), and more information on the upcoming changes can be found by following the link below: