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With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020, the validity of EU Regulation No. 1907/2006 ("REACH") in Great Britain will also end. Then a corresponding British law comes into force ("UK-REACH"). Companies that trade in chemicals across borders should quickly adapt to the new rules.
The British government has issued the "REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019" (UK-REACH), which is to come into force on 1st January 2021. It is largely congruent with EU REACH (EU Regulation No. 1907/2006) but limited to Great Britain. EU REACH registrations are no longer valid in the UK. However, in Northern Ireland EU regulations and EU REACH continue to apply.
On the one hand, this affects companies in Great Britain that are cut off from their EU supply chain and no longer have an EU REACH registration for export to the EU. On the other hand, companies in the EU are affected and no longer have direct access to the UK market or are cut off from their UK suppliers. The UK REACH contains two regulations for British companies:
DEKRA has over 30 years of experience with chemical legislation consulting and has chemical laboratories in the UK, Germany and China. We will be supporting companies with the new requirements of grandfathering and DUIN notification, e.g. as a consultant. EU suppliers can also appoint DEKRA UK as their Only Representative and thus secure their existing supply relationships. DEKRA is a founding member of the Association of Only Representatives (ORO) and has been supporting companies in many parts of the world with their REACH obligations since 2010.