The 29th March and 12th April deadlines for the UK’s exit from the European Union have come and gone, and a new exit date of 31st October has been agreed with the EU. However, if the UK fail to hold European Elections this month, they could exit without a deal on 1st June. This June exit is now very unlikely as the UK government have recently conceded that they must hold EU elections.
The UK government have failed three times to get the exit deal ratified by the UK Parliament. Negotiations are now ongoing between UK government and opposition parties in the hope of reaching a compromise which will facilitate the acceptance of the exit deal by the UK parliament and an ordered withdrawal from the EU on 31st October this year. One possible outcome of talks between government and opposition is that the UK may attempt to renegotiate the exit deal with the EU before the October deadline.
Chemicals are second only to motor vehicles in terms of UK exports to the EU, therefore it is imperative to maintain REACH compliance within supply chains.
Some key actions to ensure as smooth a transition as possible are:
- Know your supply chain
- Engage with suppliers/ORs to determine their plans post-Brexit
- Identify REACH registrations that rely on UK membership of the EU
- Identify substances imported into the UK (for compliance with UK-REACH)
- Change to an EU-27/EEA supplier (or to an UK-based supplier for compliance with UK-REACH)
- Appoint an EU-27/EEA OR (or appoint an UK-based OR for compliance with UK-REACH)
Many of these actions are time critical and H2 Compliance can assist you in maintaining REACH compliance in your supply chain. Please use the ‘contact us’ option below and ask for Darren for more information.
You can listen to our recent webinar on Brexit by downloading here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/5600017627923905542