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Transfer of UK registrations to the EU to be completed by end of March 2021


Around 20 % of REACH registrations in the United Kingdom have not been transferred to the EU and will be revoked. To complete the ongoing transfers, EU companies receiving the UK registrations should accept the transfers as soon as possible.

Helsinki, 11 January 2021 - Of the 2 140 REACH registrants in the UK, 80 % started or completed the transfer of their registrations to the EU by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Where the transfer has not yet been completed, EU successors are reminded to accept the transfer as soon as possible. If the transfer is not finalised by 31 March 2021, the transfer will be cancelled, and the registration revoked. This means that the registrants will no longer be able to legally place the substance on the EU market.

At least 2 900 UK registrations are now void and will be revoked as their transfer to the EU was not initiated by the end of 2020. This is approximately 3 % of the total number of REACH registrations.

At the end of the transition period, 268 substances that were only registered by a UK-based company were not transferred to the EU and the corresponding registrations will be revoked. These substances represent around 1 % of all registered substances. In terms of the potential market impact, it should be noted that about 60 % of these were registered only for intermediate use, meaning that they are used in the manufacture of other substances and transformed into them.

Additionally, registrations for 237 substances only registered in the UK are currently being transferred from the UK to the EU.

The list of substances only registered by UK companies has now been updated and is available on ECHA’s website. Information contained in the UK registrations will stay on ECHA’s website after the revocation, but the registration status will change.