UK-based REACH registrant
Only an EU/EEA-based company can register a substance under the REACH Regulation. If your company is based in the UK and has registered a substance under REACH, the registration will only exist until the end of the transition period. This also means that you will no longer have to update the REACH registration dossier after the transition period expires.
If you want to continue doing business in the EU/EEA after the transition period ends, you have the option of appointing an only representative to manage your registrations. You also have the option of moving your operations related to the registered substance to a legal entity within the EU.
A registrant is responsible for the substances covered by their registrations. This means that the responsible staff and relevant documentation must be present at the address of the registrant – setting up a company on paper only in the EU or EEA is not sufficient.
CLP notification - exporting substances to EU countries
If you want to export substances to the EU after the transition period ends, your products will still have to comply with the EU regulations, including the CLP Regulation. This means that you will need to classify and label your products accordingly. However, you will no longer need to submit notifications to the C&L Inventory – this will have to be done by the importing company in the EU.
- If continuing business in EU/EEA appoint an only representative in an EU or EEA country.
- Notify ECHA of only representative changes through REACH-IT as soon as posible. The change should be completed at the end of the transition period.
- If you choose to appoint an only representative, make sure that they have sufficient knowledge and experience in handling substances and the information related to them. Remember that the only representative has all the responsibility under the registration title and other titles of the REACH Regulation.
- EU Commission notice to stakeholders on export and import of hazardous chemicals [PDF] [EN] 17/07/2020
- EU Commission: Getting ready for the end of the transition period - readiness notices
- EU Commission notice to stakeholders on biocidal products [PDF] [EN] 17/06/2020
- EU Commission notice to stakeholders on chemicals regulation 30/03/2020
- Act and prepare for ‘no deal Brexit’ to stay on the market and keep supplies 12/09/2019
- Companies recommended to transfer registrations before the UK’s withdrawal 03/04/2019
- Act now to stay on the EU market after the UK’s withdrawal 08/02/2019
- ECHA updates information for companies on UK withdrawal from EU 11/10/2018