Due to the highly interconnected nature of chemicals supply chains, Brexit will have important implications in the area of chemicals regulations for companies both in the UK and in the EU27/EEA countries. As the EU/UK transition period comes to an end, REACH will stop applying to the UK on 1 January 2021 at 0h CET, 31 December 2020 23h UK time. Through the EU (Withdrawal) Act, the UK Government will convert REACH into UK law at the end of the transition. This approach means that similar regulatory requirements to manufacture and import chemical products in the UK will apply as of 1 of January 2021.
Cefic prepared a briefing note aimed at supporting business across Europe in preparing for the potential effects Brexit may have on compliance with EU and UK REACH. The advice provided in this document is based on the assumption that the UK is leaving EU-REACH at the end of the year with no agreement in place on future EU/UK cooperation on chemicals.