REACH confronted to Brexit
Many British registrations are still to be transferred to an EU-27 entity. With only one month to go before Brexit, companies have everything to gain from getting as ready as they can to a no deal Brexit possibility.
At the beginning of September, CEFIC (the European council for chemical industry) and the CIA (Chemical Industry Association) were worried because of the small number of registrations that had been transferred by British companies.
On the date of their statement, only 48% of British companies had transferred their registrations to entities from the European Union-27. According to their estimation, the situation would mean that over 700 substances risk not being available on the EU market after 31st October, in the eventuality of a no deal Brexit.
It is of the utmost importance for British companies to transfer their registrations to European entities so that they do not go to waste. On the UK REACHside of the situation, the system will legally recognise all registrations held by British entities at any point from 29th March 2017. These companies therefore run no risk of losing their registrations for the UK, if they carry out the transfer.
EcoMundo and its experts will guide you through the transfer of your registrations and can act as your Only Representative, or OR.
An uncertain future for Brexit
With the Supreme Court decision of 24th September which invalidates the suspension of the British parliament, possible scenarios are numerous. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, may attempt to get a new agreement at the next European summit on 17th and 18th October. This hypothesis is not very likely as the European Union is not satisfied with the conditions offered by the United Kingdom, in particular regarding the Irish backstop. The withdrawal agreement could also end up being ratified as is by British parliament, even though some points are still subject to debate.
Other possible scenarios include new general elections in the UK, to appoint a new Prime Minister, however this would slow down the process significantly. Boris Johnson could also ask for a new extension of negotiations and postpone Brexit once again. Finally, the UK could leave the EU without a deal, on 31st October, if no other solution is found. The chemical industry, as many others, does not wish to see this happen.
Wish to know more more about Brexit?
For more information, do not hesitate to contact Renaud Germain-Thomas or one of our experts by phone: +33 1 83 64 20 54 for Europe or +1 (778) 234 1607 for North America or to contact them using our contact form, selecting "REACH Registration" as the purpose of your inquiry.
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