Duties of a GB-based downstream user

NPIS update

As of 3 February 2022 the arrangements for making submissions to NPIS are under review. Therefore some information on this page is subject to change and will be updated if necessary.

Understanding the duties of an importer is particularly important if you are a downstream user based in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) supplied by businesses based in the EU or in EEA countries before 1 January 2021. If these supply arrangements continue after this date, you are an importer under the GB CLP Regulation, and you must comply with the duties of an importer. Please refer to the guidance on duties of GB-based importers.

You are a downstream user under the GB CLP Regulation if you use a substance, either on its own or in a mixture, in the course of your industrial or professional activities that was supplied from within Great Britain or that are Qualifying NI Goods supplied directly from Northern Ireland.

You are a GB downstream user if you are:

so you must:

National Poisons Information Service

As a downstream user under the GB CLP Regulation, you should (this is voluntary) submit safety data sheet information to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS).

This means you should make sure you understand what your duties are under the GB CLP Regulation and check that your substances and mixtures are correctly classified, that your labels are accurate and that the chemicals are packaged appropriately before you place them on the GB market.

Everyone in the supply chain is responsible for ensuring that substances and mixtures are labelled and packaged correctly before being placed on the market.

Updated: 2022-04-11