At the moment much about Brexit can best be described as being “cloudy”! One thing for sure is that it will have a significant impact on the chemical industries of the UK and the EU-27, and all related industries which produce, use, trade, import or otherwise handle “substances”.
There are various scenarios as to the future relationship between the UK and the EU-27 and how that may affect chemical regulations. The most severe case is for the UK to leave the EU on 30th March 2019 at 0:00 CET: the so called “no deal option”. The UK will no longer be part of the single market and the customs union, or a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), and so EU laws do not apply in the UK from this day. That includes REACH. Both the UK government and ECHA have published guidance as to what will happen under these circumstances. Some key points are:
We, as knoell, are actively following all developments related to chemicals management and BREXIT. We are doing so from both sides. Our European teams track the changes and challenges for European companies. Our global teams are already engaged in supporting and advising the non-UK EEA companies concerning their business managed via ORs and our UK teams assist UK companies.
Of course we are prepared to react on any agreement that might be concluded between the UK and the EU and present the best available service, advice and help to keep your supply chains and hence your business intact, no matter where you are and what your role will be in any BREXIT scenario.
In the event of a “no deal scenario” our services will cover, but are not limited to:
The UK government has not, as yet, given any guidance on how non-UK domiciled companies can register under the UK system but, if they adopt a system similar to REACH using an Only Representative, then knoell is well placed to support this via our UK team.
Contact us, we are here for you! We will establish a blog to keep you updated with the latest developments, therefore please stay tuned!