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How is the UK withdrawal affecting you?

The UK withdrew from the EU on 31 January 2020. The transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement ended on 31 December 2020. 
Please note that:
All pending UK submissions in REACH-IT have been terminated.
No registration numbers are being issued to UK companies.
Companies in the UK cannot perform any actions as duty holders in REACH-IT.
All registrations held by or returned to UK companies are revoked gradually in REACH-IT.
According to the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, REACH, CLP, the BPR, PIC and POP regulations continue to apply to and in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland.
The EU REACH Regulation has been brought into UK law under the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 and adapted in the UK to work in a domestic context.

If your company is established in the EU/EEA, you are affected whenever your supply chains as a customer or supplier extend to the UK. Here and below, ‘the UK’ means Great Britain, i.e. the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland.

If your company is established in the UK, the EU chemicals legislation, which includes REACH, CLP, BPR and POPs, is no longer applying to you, 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 with the PIC Regulation if you export or import certain chemicals directly to or from non-EU/EEA countries to or from the UK. 

If your business is in any way connected to the EU Member States or the EEA countries, your market situation has changed. Find more information in our Q&As.

Know your role

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

From the options below, select the role that describes your business. If your situation does not fit any of these roles or you wish to know more, you can read our Q&As under “Advice to companies / Q&As”.


How is the UK withdrawal affecting you?

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