REACH: Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals



If you use, supply or manufacture chemical substances, or import them from outside the European Union (EU), you need to find out what duties you have under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. Make sure you know what you must do and when.

REACH aims to protect human health and the environment through the control of chemical substances. Most businesses use chemicals in some way, so REACH is likely to affect you.

REACH applies to a wide range of chemical substances, and chemicals in preparations or mixtures including coatings, pigments, dyes, inks and cleaning products. It also applies to chemical substances contained in finished products or articles, whether you are manufacturing or supplying them within the EU, or importing them from outside the EU.

This guide explains who REACH applies to and the different responsibilities that apply to manufacturers, importers, distributors and users of chemicals.

Important: In the event of a no deal Brexit, UK and EU regulatory agencies would operate independently from each other. The role you currently undertake within EU REACH may change, in some cases significantly.

You can find detailed guidance on the HSE website on actions your business should take to prepare for a no deal Brexit.