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The UKs withdrawal from the EU

REACH

What does my United Kingdom -based company need to keep in mind when we appoint an Only Representative (OR) in an EU Member State?

You should only appoint an OR who has a sufficient background in the practical handling of substances and of the information related to them, as required by Article 8(2) of the REACH Regulation. As your representative, the OR will bear all responsibilities of importers under the relevant REACH provisions. Among them, the OR shall keep available and up-to-date information on the quantities imported and customers sold to, as well as information on the supply of the latest update of the SDS. Please also remember to inform the importers within the same supply chain of the OR appointment. ECHA’s webpages provide more detailed information on the role of Only Representatives. Please see also the Q&A section on Only Representatives on ECHA’s web pages.

In Northern Ireland, REACH continues to apply. This means, inter alia, that registrants, including Lead Registrants, can continue to be based in Northern Ireland. Please refer to Q&A 1700.

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