BREXIT – Update for the chemicals sector
Date: 16 March 2020
Since 1 February 2020 the UK is not a Member State of the EU any more. During the transition period that has been agreed to last until 31 December 2020, current terms of market access and thus EU-UK trade remain unchanged.
What does it mean for businesses operating in the chemicals sector?
- EU REACH continues to apply to the UK (and so the UK will continue to implement REACH decisions, but it will not be actively involved as a ‘leading authority’ any longer).
- All registrations, approvals, authorisations and classifications in place before the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 continue to be valid.
- UK companies still need to register chemical substances under EU-REACH.
BREXIT – The United Kingdom (UK) has left the EU
Date: 3 February 2020
A transition period is now in place and will end on 31 December 2020. During the transition period, the EU and UK will negotiate additional arrangements and market access continues on the same terms as before.
Regarding the regulation of pesticides during this period, the following should be known: Active substance approvals, plant protection products authorisation and maximum residue levels in place before BREXIT remain valid and any new EU decisions will apply to UK. The UK is no longer a ‘leading authority’ in EU for Maximum Residue Level applications or active substance approval and no longer acts as a zonal rapporteur Member State for EU plant protection product authorisations. HSE remains the UK's national regulator.
More details on the transition period you can find here: Brexit: Transition period
More details on the rules that apply specifically for the regulation of plant protection products are available here: Regulating pesticides during the transition period
Following the transition period, new rules for doing business in UK and EU will apply. Check here to obtain a short overview: Check how to get ready for new rules in 2021