Published: 20 May 2024  (Updated: 20 June 2024)

IMPORTANT – Defra Launches Consultation on UK REACH ATRm

On 16 May 2024, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published its consultation on the Alternative Transitional Registration model (ATRm) under the UK Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals regulation (UK REACH).  The deadline to respond to this consultation is 25 July 2024.

Further details are provided below, including CTPA work to respond to this consultation and support companies in doing so.

Scope of the consultation

Defra, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA) have been working with industry to develop an alternative model to register chemicals under UK REACH.  This consultation focusses on the data submission requirements for chemicals that were already registered under EU REACH and must be re-registered under UK REACH to continue to be sold in the GB market.  The ATRm proposes alternative registration requirements to make it more feasible for industry and support chemicals businesses.

The consultation also seeks stakeholders’ views on the below additional topics for UK REACH, not related to the ATRm:

  • Proposals to change the restriction and reporting processes;
  • Proposals to increase protection against unnecessary animal testing and ensure that the “last resort” principle is met.

For any questions, you can contact the Defra consultation team at [email protected].

The consultation documents are also linked below:

Consultation scope and questions

Consultation privacy notice

ATRm impact assessment

ATRm hazard data requirements

ATRm uses and exposure information requirements

How to respond

Responses shall be submitted via the online survey by 11 July 2024. 

CTPA work and support

CTPA will respond to this consultation on behalf of the cosmetics industry; however, companies are strongly encouraged to also submit their own responses.  CTPA will be providing support to companies by organising a webinar to outline the scope of the consultation and CTPA response.  We will communicate the date of this webinar and any further information soon.


For any information about UK REACH, please check the below resources. 

REACH Infographics

CTPA webinar: UK Chemicals and Cosmetic Ingredients Management

HSE website

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