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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 period. 

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. ECHA has updated the Q&As and the web pages accordingly.

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,PIC and POPs, 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  EU Member States or the EEA countries, you will have to prepare for changes before the end of the transition period.

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 all our Q&As under “Advice to companies / Q&As”.


How will the UK withdrawal affect you?

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