EU Exit: Guidance for Northern Ireland businesses making, selling or distributing chemicals to Great Britain from January 2021

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Guidance on how Northern Ireland businesses in the chemical sector can prepare for the end of the transition period

From 1 January 2021, all businesses making, selling or distributing chemicals into Great Britain will need to follow the rules of UK REACH regime.
 
Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, the existing EU chemicals regime, EU REACH will continue to apply in Northern Ireland.

This will mean that there will be no change for NI-based businesses that currently hold or are covered by an EU REACH registration based in NI or the EU/EEA and they can continue trading with the EU/EEA as they already do. 

EU REACH registrations based in Great Britain will no longer be valid after the transition period, including those currently covering NI-based businesses. NI businesses must be covered by a valid EU REACH registration. This means that NI Businesses that rely on a GB-based EU REACH registration must check with the registration holder if they intend to transfer to an EU/EEA/NI based legal entity. 
 
NI businesses that sell qualifying Northern Ireland goods into Great Britain must follow the REACH regulation guidance available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in order to ensure that they are prepared for the end of the transition period. 
 
Businesses based in Great Britain currently holding an EU REACH registration can continue exporting to the EU/EEA/NI by transferring their registration to an EU based entity or supporting their customers to become registrants before the 31 December 2020. They will also need to comply with UK REACH to maintain access to the GB market. 

Further information

Guidance for NI businesses on regulating chemicals after the transition period is also available from the HSE on the following areas:

Buying chemicals from Great Britain

You can also find guidance for purchasing chemicals from Great Britain from 1 January 2021.


First published 30 October 2020