The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • REACH—registration
  • Brexit impact
  • Introduction to REACH
  • What is registration?
  • Exemptions from registration
  • Registration deadlines
  • Submitting the registration dossier
  • Action plan to improve dossier registration

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Introduction to REACH

'REACH' is an abbreviated term for Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH Regulation). The REACH Regulation has been amended a number of times since coming into force, and furthermore several pieces of implementing legislation have been introduced to ensure its operation, see: Europa.

REACH came into force on 1 June 2007 to replace a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single piece of legislation and applies directly within all the Member States of the EU.

Prior to the introduction of REACH, there had been concern that the risks presented by chemicals being used and marketed in the EU were not being adequately managed or investigated. REACH intended to address these concerns by shifting the burden of responsibility for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use from the regulators to those manufacturing and/or importing