Impact on ECHA’s regulatory decisions
Overall, it is the European Commission that takes regulatory decisions with regard to the risk management of chemical substances. Thus, for instance, the European Commission addresses REACH Authorisations to individual companies or takes decisions on REACH Restrictions of certain substances within the jurisdiction of the EU/EEA.
Our Agency is mandated to take regulatory decisions on operational duties established under the BPR, CLP, PIC, and REACH Regulations. Such decisions can grant a right to duty holders – such as the decision to assign a registration number to establish a valid REACH registration of a substance – or impose an obligation – such as to provide additional information on the properties of a specific substance, following the compliance check process.
Whenever, the Agency grants a right to duty holders, our Agency is adding a reference to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For instance, in REACH registration decisions our Agency will, as from November 2017, be adding the following standard wording:
Note to registrants in the United Kingdom: Since the United Kingdom notified on 29 March 2017 its intention to leave the Union, pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, the Treaties will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification, unless the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, decides to extend that period. As a consequence, and without prejudice to any provisions of the withdrawal agreement, this decision on your registration only applies until the United Kingdom ceases to be a Member State.