Information and assistance with Brexit – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is updating its IT tools and information on the UK’s departure from the EU.

ECHA has updated its IT tools and information on the internet on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Includes questions and answers with advice for companies.

Information and assistance with Brexit
End of transition period

The transition period for the United Kingdom to depart will end on December 31, 2020 and the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland will apply from 1 January 2021. REACH, CLP, the BPR, PIC and POPs will continue to apply after the transition period Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the United Kingdom.


Changed rules

Downstream users in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) should consult the list of UK only registered substances on the ECHA website to see if they need to take action before the end of the transition period. If you intend to continue sourcing your supply from the UK after the end of the transition period, you will need to register the substance yourself as an importer, unless the registration has been transferred to the EU / EEA.


Old registrations no longer valid

REACH registrations made by manufacturers, importers and UK-based agents are invalid if not transferred to the EU / EEA before the end of the transition period. ECHA therefore urges companies to act now and not wait until the last minute.


Submit your own reports to the Poison Control Center

Before mixtures can be imported from the UK, EU / EEA based companies must submit their own notifications to Poison Control Centers (PCNs) through the ECHA submission portal after 1 January 2021. You cannot rely on reports previously submitted by suppliers in the UK. Previously submitted registrations of companies in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland remain in the database and are available to the relevant EU / EEA authorities. Companies in Northern Ireland can still submit notifications to the EU / EEA authorities through the ECHA submission portal. However, a new legal entity must be created first. Registrations for the Northern Ireland market area are not available through the ECHA submission portal and must be submitted directly to the UK authorities.


Biocidal Products Regulation approvals

Product approvals under the BPR from companies based in the United Kingdom must be transferred to a new EU / EEA approval holder by the end of the transition period.


PIC Export Notices

Additionally, from January 1, 2021, companies based in the EU and Northern Ireland will be able to submit PIC export notifications in ePIC for non-EU countries, including the United Kingdom. Exports of PIC substances from the EU to Northern Ireland do not require notification under the PIC Regulation.


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