What is UK REACH?
The EU REACH Regulation
has been brought into UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. REACH, and
related legislation, has been replicated in the UK with the necessary changes to make it
operable in a domestic context. The key principles of the EU REACH Regulation have been retained.
The EU REACH Regulation was brought into UK law on 1 January 2021. This is known as UK REACH.
UK REACH and the EU REACH regulations operate independently from each other.
Companies that are supplying and purchasing substances, mixtures or articles to and from the
EU/EEA/Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) will need to ensure
that the relevant duties are met under both pieces of legislation. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol
the EU REACH Regulation continues to apply to Northern Ireland, while UK REACH provides the regulatory
framework for chemicals in Great Britain (GB).