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Pending registrations by UK companies will not be processed after the transition period


All registration processes on dossiers submitted by UK companies will be terminated if they are not fully completed before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Helsinki, 21 December 2020 – REACH registrations submitted by UK-based manufacturers, importers and only representatives that have not by 31 December 2020 gone through all the steps required to complete the registration, both by the registrant and by ECHA, will not be processed further.

If UK companies are currently submitting a new registration, or updating an existing registration, they need to be aware that the registration process will be terminated if it is not finalised by 31 December 2020.

In addition, any transfer of registrations by a UK company needs to be initiated before 31 December 2020 and accepted by the successor as soon as possible in 2021, and latest by 31 March 2021. Failing to do so will lead to the revocation of the registrations.

This means in practice that after the transition period:

  • All pending UK submissions in REACH-IT will be terminated.
  • No registration numbers will be issued to UK companies.
  • Companies in the UK cannot perform any actions as duty holders in REACH-IT.
  • All registrations held by or returned to UK companies will be revoked gradually in REACH-IT.

The above does not apply to dossiers submitted by companies in Northern Ireland, who have updated their country code in REACH-IT. REACH continues to apply to these companies due to the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.