Brexit

Chemical Testing

The UK officially left the EU on 31  January 2020, entering a transition period that ends on 31 December 2020. During the transition period the UK will follow EU REACH. After transition, a separate UK regulatory framework and regulator is likely to come into play. 

The REACH processes and regulation in the EU remain the same, but without the UK. This has implications for UK-based manufacturers with chemicals registered under REACH. Downstream users may also be affected as chemicals they use may no longer be registered under REACH.  Learn more by reading our UK-REACH eBook.

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  • Well established and comprehensive OR service for EU REACH
  • Proven track record as an OR for companies based outside the EEA/EU

Your Needs

How to maintain access to the EU chemical market after Brexit

At the end of the transition period, the UK will be outside the EU with no legal access to its chemicals market. UK-based registrants will also have their substance registrations removed from EU-REACH. If you are a UK-based registrant, you need to identify the chemicals affected and plan how to ensure access post transition. This means appointing an EEA/EU-based OR and transferring your registrations. If you are an EEA/EU based registrant then you also need to consider how you manage access to the UK market.


Our Capabilities

Maintaining EU/EEA access for your chemical 

Covance has a proven track record as an OR for companies based outside the EEA/EU. As our partner, we can guide you through the process of OR appointment and support the transfer of your chemical registrations to the OR. We have helped many companies prepare for the impact of Brexit in this way. Find out more about our OR services here:

Maintaining access to the UK chemical market 

Currently a REACH registration means your chemical can be manufactured and imported into any EEA/EU country including the UK. After December 31,  2021, REACH registrations will no longer be valid for the UK. To find out how we can help you access the UK chemical market visit here: