THE UK Government has extended the deadline for UK chemicals companies to register their products with the new system that will come into place following the Brexit transition period. Companies will now have up to six years to complete registrations, up from two years.
UK REACH will come into force from 1 January, replacing the EU REACH system after the Government confirmed in June that it would not be aligning with the European system. Forming a UK version of REACH, rather than seeking associate membership of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), will require some UK chemicals companies to reregister chemicals. Companies do not always have access to the data they need to register chemicals, and the original deadline of two years to register was considered by the industry to be too short.
The UK Government has now announced that it will be extending the time for companies to register with UK REACH to up to six years. Under the new guidance for registrations, new registrations must take place within two, four, or six years depending on the tonnage and how hazardous the chemical is.