UK-held REACH registrations: ‘grandfathering’

Dec 02, 2020

EU REACH registrations held by UK-based companies will carry across directly into UK REACH, legally ‘grandfathering’ the registrations into the new regime set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. The Minister at the UK Government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued a statement on September 1 amending the timelines for registration under UK REACH.

UK-based holders of existing EU REACH registrations may continue the ‘grandfathering’ process by providing basic information to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) by April 30, 2021. Holders must complete the grandfathering process within two,four or six years of October 28, 2021, depending on their Tonnage Band Deadlines.

The information UK-based holders need to provide will be the same or very close to what holders previously provided. Defra will publish any changes to the information needed in September 2020.

UK REACH will maintain EU REACH’s aims and principles, including:

  • the “no data, no market” principle
  • the “last resort” principle on animal testing
  • access to information for workers
  • the precautionary principle

To learn how to comply with the evolving UK REACH chemical regulations, visit this website.