UK alternative REACH registration model

Today, 9 November, the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs announced a significant policy direction that promises to reshape the landscape of chemical regulations in Great Britain. In the wake of the UK’s departure from the EU, the government has been actively working to maintain high standards of human health and environmental protection through its independent chemical regulatory framework, UK REACH.

Addressing the chemical industry’s concerns about the substantial costs of accessing EU data packages for UK transitional registrations, the government has proposed an Alternative Transitional Registration model (ATRm). This model aims to alleviate the financial burden on businesses while upholding the nation’s commitment to safety and environmental standards.

The ATRm is a result of a comprehensive review and industry engagement, focusing on a more targeted approach to chemical regulation. By leveraging existing global knowledge on chemical hazards and focusing on the specific use and exposure of chemicals in Great Britain, the model seeks to streamline the process and reduce the estimated £2 billion cost to industry.

The government’s ambition is clear: to create a detailed picture of chemical use in Great Britain, ensuring safe practices and enabling regulators to assess and manage risks effectively. This approach has already shown promise, as demonstrated by the recent publication of the risk management options analysis for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Progress has been made in refining the information requirements for registrants, reducing the hazard information needed, and enhancing the powers of regulators. The next step is a consultation on the full details of the policy, slated for early 2024.

This development marks a pivotal moment for the UK chemical industry, signalling a move towards a more efficient and cost-effective regulatory framework that does not compromise on safety or environmental protection.


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