The UK is set to leave the EU on October 31, 2019. As of this date, the UK will become a ‘third country’. The closer we get to the exit date, the more likely it is that the UK will leave the EU with no agreement in place (hard Brexit, no-deal Brexit). This will lead to the UK being treated as a third country without delay, meaning that no mitigating transition period will apply.

If not done already, all biocide companies affected by Brexit, i.e. UK-based companies with business in EU-27 and EU-27-based companies with business in the UK, are advised to consult the following websites for guidance on adequate preparation measures:

The ECHA website
This site provides detailed regulatory guidance for the various players, either based in the UK or in EU-27. The site helps companies identify their role in the supply chain and to prepare for Brexit accordingly. A Q&A sub-site provides Brexit guidance concerning REACH, Biocides, CLP and PIC.

The HSE website
This site provides detailed regulatory guidance especially to help industry prepare in the event of a hard Brexit. A scenario table provides guidance on necessary regulatory steps for gaining access or maintaining access to the UK biocide market.

The HSE site also provides no-deal guidance concerning REACH, PPP, CLP, PIC, etc.

While, from a procedural perspective, there is nothing to add to the above referenced guidance of ECHA and HSE, we would nevertheless like to point out that SCC will be happy to support industry to stay compliant with biocide regulations in the EU and the UK.
Our services include

  • Providing regulatory and scientific guidance
  • (Re)-submitting information to HSE
  • Transferring authorisations
  • Changing active substance suppliers
  • Submitting national applications to HSE
  • Preparing and handling submissions in EU-27

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Further information:

The European Commission: Information on biocides

The Health and Safety Executive: What you'll need to do in no deal scenario

SCC's Brexit-Links website