Deadline for UK REACH to be extended 20 December 2021

Defra, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, has announced plans to delay the implementation of transitional registrations under chemical regulation UK REACH; an industry consultation will launch in the new year.

Defra said that the UK is committed to a robust regulatory system. UK REACH is the government’s regulatory tool for the control of chemicals that ensures the UK’s high levels of environment protection, underpinned by the Environment Act.

This regulatory system has been in place since the UK left the European Union, and chemical businesses operating within Great Britain should have already provided initial information under the UK REACH transitional provisions.

Defra said: whilst this initial information has already been provided, the government will consult on extending the deadlines for providing the full registration data. Alongside this, the government will engage with industry and other stakeholders to explore whether there are opportunities to reduce the need for industry to replicate existing EU REACH data by placing a greater emphasis on understanding how chemicals are used in GB.

A Defra spokesperson said: “We will continue to work closely with industry and other interested stakeholders to understand their concerns and discuss how these might be addressed, while ensuring our high levels of protection of human health and the environment.”

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