The UK Government is launching a consultation on the UK REACH implementation model, which will include a review of the current full registration deadlines.
There have been ongoing discussions between industry and the Government over the practical implications of the implementation of UK REACH and the impact on British businesses.
In February, the chemicals industry outlined a proposal to the Government to modify the UK REACH data requirements. In his response letter1, George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, outlines the Government’s intentions to explore a new UK REACH transitional registration model that would reduce data requirements for registrations and reduce costs to the industry.
To facilitate any changes in the registration model, the Government will consult separately on extending existing deadlines for full registration under UK REACH. This will minimise disruption and support the process of a new model being developed.
The consultation will begin next year with the Government and industry working to develop the new model. While details of the new model are yet to be released, it is anticipated that, if agreed, the first deferred registration deadline will be moved from 27 October 2023 to 27 October 2025, giving organisations longer to comply.
NCEC will continue to monitor the consultation as it progresses through 2022 and provide updates on the next steps as we receive them.
More information can be found here.
1 George Eustace’s letter: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-reach-chemicals-registration-letter-to-industry-leaders