Elaine Campling from ESMA HSEP Committee looks at how the UK’s departure from the European Union will affect the chemical products trade and highlights key registration deadlines for importers.
The United Kingdom is no longer a Member State of European Union. However, after many months of wrangling, the European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement was finally agreed on 24 December 2020. During the transition period, the chemical industry was proactive in arguing for regulatory alignment on chemicals. It is worth noting that EU legislation that applied directly or indirectly to the UK before the end of the transition period has been retained in UK law, including the REACH Regulation.