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How will the UK withdrawal affect you?

The UK withdrew from the EU on 31 January 2020. As of 1 February 2020, the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement applies until 31 December 2020. During the transition period, EU law continues to apply to and in the UK. UK based companies are advised to transfer registrations and other assets to EU companies before the end of the transition. ECHA has updated the Q&As on these pages accordingly.

Please note, however, that the webpages and the Q&As do not yet take into account the impact of the Protocol on Northern Ireland. ECHA will update the text in due course, as necessary.

If your company is established in the EU/EEA, you will be affected whenever your supply chains as a customer or supplier extend to the UK.

If your company is established in the UK, the EU chemicals legislation, which includes REACH, CLP, BPR and PIC, will no longer apply to you after the transition period if your chemical substances, mixtures or articles, biocidal products or active substances are placed on the market only in the UK. This is also the case if you export certain chemicals directly to non-EU/EEA countries from the UK.

If your business is in any way connected to the remaining 27 EU Member States or the EEA countries, you will have to prepare for changes.

Know your role

Start by identifying your role in the supply chain and your future connection to the EU and EEA market. Where and with whom you do business will determine how the withdrawal will affect you.

From the options below, select the role that describes your business and see how you can start preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. If your situation does not fit any of these roles or you wish to know more, you can read all our Q&As under “Advice to companies / Q&As”.


How will the UK withdrawal affect you?

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