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Has the end been REACHed for UK Chemical Legislation?

Ashleigh Williams
May 04, 2017

Although BREXIT is causing uncertainty as to what lies ahead for the EU REACH regulation, it is almost certain that chemicals legislation in one form or another will still exist.

Although we don’t know fully what the future holds, we do know that in the run up to March 2019 the current REACH regulation must still be complied with. So, if you are affected by REACH make sure that you are aware of the following:

  • If you have a registration obligation you will still need to comply before May 2018
    • If you would like more information on registration please contact Valpak. You can also view links on the ECHA website to REACH presentations and events


  • In the lead up to the 2018 registration deadline there is a targeted enforcement campaign taking place, so if REACH hasn’t been top of the “to-do list” now is a good time to make it a priority


  • REACH is not standing still and there are always additions to the candidate list; we saw four at the start of the year and consultations are currently underway on two further substances. So make sure if you handle articles that you consider the entire candidate list of “Substances of Very High Concern” (SVHCs)


  • If you need to register a substance, remember to share information to avoid unnecessary testing. Also remember that ECHA provides useful information sources for those affected by REACH, including guidance on the approach to testing


  • ECHA has also adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) which will start the evaluation of a number of substances in 2017. Registrants of these substances may be required to provide additional information to assist the evaluation to decide on whether any further action should be taken to reduce the risk of harm to human health or the environment


  • To comply with REACH and to continue to aid the protection of human health and the environment it is vitally important to understand your obligations and ensure good communication throughout the supply chain

If you would like more information on effective REACH compliance systems we are holding an event on 10 May in London. Please visit our website to register here.


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