On 19 October 2020 the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) issued the fourth amendment to the UK REACH Statutory Instrument (SI), which was laid before Parliament and will go through parliamentary process. The key features of this SI are:
- implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol into UK REACH and access by Northern Irish goods to the Great Britain market;
- extend transitional provisions for importers of substances from EU based registrants by a further 120 days. These importers now have 300 days from 1 January 2021 to provide UK authorities with some initial information as part of a Downstream User Import Notification (DUINs);
- introduce a new phased approach to UK REACH data submission. Companies will now have 2, 4 or 6 years beginning after those 300 days for full registrations to be completed. These deadlines are dependent on tonnage bands and hazard profile, with the highest tonnage and most hazardous chemicals first.
Detailed guidance has been made available on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website to help companies have an easier understanding of the SI.