Tuesday, September 17, 2019Cosmetic regulations

Brexit: Prepare your supply chains, urges ECHA

Brexit : préparez vos chaînes d'approvisionnement, exhorte l'ECHA

As the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 October 2019 is approaching, ECHA urges companies to act and prepare for a “no deal” scenario. The European Chemicals Agency is reminding companies that they need to get prepared ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for as of 1 November 2019, the UK will be a “third country”. ECHA also urges downstream users located in the EU-27/EEA to act now to avoid disruptions in supply.

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Registrations made by UK manufacturers, importers and Only Representatives will become void if they are not transferred to EU-27/EEA before the UK withdraws from the EU, recalls ECHA.

Downstream users in the EU-27/EEA can check the List of substances registered only by UK companies on ECHA’s website to see if they will be affected and need to take action. If they plan to get their supply from the UK after the withdrawal, they should register the substance themselves as an importer, unless an Only Representative has been appointed for that registration in the EU-27/EEA.

UK-based manufacturers and formulators that want to keep substances registered under REACH legally on the EU-27/EEA market, can either transfer their business to, or appoint an Only Representative in one of the EU-27/EEA countries.

Step-by-step instructions on how to transfer REACH registrations are available on ECHA’s web pages for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

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