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The UKs withdrawal from the EU

General

What is the impact of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union for my United Kingdom-based company?

If your business of placing chemical substances, biocidal products or active substances on the market is limited to the territory of the United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland, your activity is no longer subject to the provisions of the EU chemicals legislation. With regard to the obligations arising from the CLP, BPR, PIC and REACH Regulations, your legal obligations towards ECHA as the EU’s respective regulatory Agency have ceased. 

The EU REACH Regulation has been brought into UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. REACH, and related chemicals legislation, has been replicated in the United Kingdom with the necessary changes to make it operable in a domestic context. More information is available here.

For businesses that are part of a cross-border supply chain, linking companies located in the United Kingdom with companies located within the EU/EEA Member States, you can find detailed advice under the respective headings of these Q&As pages.

In Northern Ireland, REACH, CLP, BPR and PIC continue to apply. Please refer to Q&As 1700 - 1711 for an overview.

Are United Kingdom-based companies able to rely on ECHA helpdesk support for advice and assistance related to the EU chemical legislation?

Yes. With its withdrawal from the EU, the United Kingdom has become a so-called “third country”. The ECHA Helpdesk regularly replies to enquiries from companies based outside the EU/EEA. United Kingdom-based companies should address ECHA via the dedicated contact form.

The United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland, has no obligation to maintain a national helpdesk to provide advice and assistance on matters governed by the EU’s CLP, BPR or REACH Regulations. You are advised to check with the UK authorities if they will nonetheless provide such advice in practice. You may also wish to address your industry association in the United Kingdom.

In Northern Ireland, REACH, CLP, BPR and PIC continue to apply. Please refer to Q&A 1700 - 1711 for an overview.

REACH

Does my United Kingdom-based company need to submit a registration dossier to ECHA for any substance I import or manufacture?

The United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland, is no longer an EU Member State. As such, your registration obligations ended after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  

In Northern Ireland, REACH continues to apply. Please refer to Q&A 1700.

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