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REACH Authorisation

The UK implementation of REACH retains the authorisation provisions in full.

GB-based companies will need to comply with the authorisation aspects of UK REACH to continue to use substances listed on Annex XIV. This will require some form of action from GB-based companies. The action required depends on your situation at the end of the transition period.

If an authorisation application had been submitted by the user or their supplier whilst the UK was a member of the EU, then one of the transitional measures outlined in the table below may apply.

If an application is being submitted for a use that was not previously covered by an existing application, then the full authorisation process must be followed.

Transitional measures

Application stage Decision stage Transitional provisions Outcomes & Actions Details
GB-based applicants
ECHA final opinion issued Commission decided Article 127F Existing authorisation is recognised under UK law
Applicant supplies information to the Agency (HSE)
More Information - GB-based holder of an existing EU REACH authorisation
ECHA final opinion issued Commission not yet decided Article 127G UK Secretary of State will make a decision based on the existing opinion and application
Applicant supplies information to the Agency
More Information - GB based applicant awaiting an EU Commission decision for an application for authorisation
Application submitted, ECHA assessing it but final opinion not yet issued Commission not yet decided Article 127GA Depending on the circumstances the Latest Application Date can be extended and if relevant the Sunset Date can also be extended. An application will need to be re-submitted under the UK REACH provisions. More Information - GB-based applicants awaiting an ECHA opinion on an EU REACH authorisation when the transition period ends
GB-based downstream users of GB-based authorisation applicants
ECHA final opinion issued Commission decided Article 127H Existing authorisation is recognised under UK law
Downstream user supplies information to the Agency
More Information - GB-based downstream users of an existing EU REACH authorisation
ECHA final opinion issued Commission not yet decided Article 56(2) continues to apply UK Secretary of State will make a decision based on the existing opinion and application
Downstream user complies with Article 66(1) at the appropriate time.
More Information - GB-based downstream user of a GB-based application in the final decision stage (as described above)
Application submitted, ECHA assessing it but final opinion not yet issued Commission not yet decided Article 127GA Depending on the circumstances the Latest Application Date can be extended and if relevant the Sunset Date can also be extended. An application will need to be re-submitted under the UK REACH provisions. More Information - GB-based Downstream users of EU-27/EEA applications without a decision at the end of the transition period
GB-based downstream users of EU27/EEA-based authorisation applicants
ECHA final opinion issued Commission decided Article 127H Existing authorisation is recognised under UK law
Downstream user supplies information to the Agency
More Information
ECHA final opinion issued Commission not yet decided Article 127GA The Latest Application Date can be extended and depending on the circumstances the Sunset Date can also be extended. An application will need to be submitted under the UK REACH provisions. More Information - GB-based applicants awaiting an ECHA opinion on an EU REACH authorisation when the transition period ends
Application submitted, ECHA assessing it but final opinion not yet issued Commission not yet decided Article 127GA Depending on the circumstances the Latest Application Date can be extended and if relevant the Sunset Date can also be extended. An application will need to be submitted under the UK REACH provisions. More Information - GB-based applicants awaiting an ECHA opinion on an EU REACH authorisation when the transition period ends
Updated 2021-01-05